For the last four years, Matthew Wesson, MD, [Tupelo, MS] has awoken very early on the Sunday morning of ASCRS’ Annual Meeting. Before the sun is up, rain or shine, he laces up his running shoes and heads out to do something good for his health, and for those in need.
Dr. Wesson has run every single one of the Run for Sight races to benefit the ASCRS Foundation. He was there to cross the finish line at the inaugural race in 2013 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. And he will be there to cross the finish line at the 5th Annual ASCRS Foundation Run for Sight, co-sponsored by TearLab and Shire, on May 7th in Los Angeles.
He learned of that first race from this very publication, and decided to sign-up because it was an opportunity to help a good cause and run in some unique places. From Boston Harbor to the French Quarter of New Orleans, Dr. Wesson has been there for them all. And along the way, he and his fellow participants have raised more than $81,000 to benefit the Foundation's ongoing, global humanitarian eye care programs.
An avid runner in his twenties and thirties, Dr. Wesson is now 71 years-old and re-entered the sport about five years ago after a three-decade hiatus. In addition to the Run for Sight 5k distance, he greatly enjoys 10k races and has completed a few sprint triathlons.
“To me, the 5k race is actually one of the highlights of the Annual Meeting,” says Dr. Wesson. “It is early in the morning, but is well worth the effort. If there is any way you can make the race, do it! It is a memorable experience.”
Even if you are not a runner, you can still join Dr. Wesson, and help the Foundation give sight by participating in the 1k walk portion of the event. This year’s Run for Sight will showcase the downtown area of Los Angeles, starting and finishing at the Los Angeles Convention Center where the 2017 Annual Meeting is taking place.
Bus transportation to-and-from the race site will be provided for ASCRS attendees and all participants will receive a race t-shirt with their $35 registration.
To register for the Run for Sight visit: http://www.tracs.net/ascrs5k/
2017 Annual Meeting Registration must be done separately at: http://annualmeeting.ascrs.org/