Carter Cares

Nearly 30 Carter Employees Set Sights on VisionWalk 

ATLANTA (March 27, 2012)– On Sunday, Carter employees donned walking shoes and braved the pollen at Piedmont Park in support of the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ annual Atlanta VisionWalk, a signature fundraising event. The 5K walkathon aims to raise money for research that will lead to preventions, treatments and cures for retinal degenerative diseases, including retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and Stargardt disease. These sight-stealing diseases affect people of all races and ethnicities, young and old.

IMG_2060_smallerCarter employees walked and pledged money in support of colleague Donna West, whose five-year old son Tyler was diagnosed with RP in 2010. The West family’s “Team Tyler” raised nearly $10,000 on Sunday, almost double their original goal.

“We are inspired and honored to be a part of the West family’s efforts to raise money and awareness for the Foundation Fighting Blindness,” said Carter Vice President Malloy Peterson. “I was thrilled to see so many Carter associates at the walkathon on Sunday, enjoying time away from the office with one another and in support of an excellent cause.”

Carter Senior Project Manager Amy Hunt took the organizing reins and encouraged fellow employees to participate in the event. Amy also managed to sell more than 130 “Team Tyler T-Shirts”, of which half the money raised is being donated to the Foundation.  

Hundreds of walkers, many of whom are visually impaired, turned out at the free, family-friendly event, which also included children’s activities, face painting, refreshments and entertainment. Since the VisionWalk program started in 2006, tens of thousands have participated in events across the country to raise more than $20 million for blindness research.

On behalf of all Carter employees, we wish the best for Donna, Tyler and the entire West family. Carter will continue to support Donna and Tyler in their quest to cure blindness. 

IMG_2057_smaller

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.