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Walk for Kamari and Cordell

From a Caroline  reader:


Dear Friends & Family:

Kamari Samuel

Our team is walking in support of someone very dear to us. As many of you know, My son Kamari Samuel has Juvenile retinoschisis which is an inherited disease diagnosed in childhood that causes progressive loss of central and peripheral (side) vision due to degeneration of theretina.

Kamari still has vision in both eyes but the left eye is much more affected. The doctorsstate that Kamari could possibly be legally blind, but I know with prayer, support and donationswe will soon find a cure.

My long time friend Claudette Shabazz is also experiencing a similar situation with her son Cordell who has severe near sidedness and he could potentially have retinal detachment. Cordell still has vision in both eyes and has a normal childhood thus far. Claudette and I have partnered together to help find a cure for our children as well as 10 millionAmericans living in the darkness.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) is a national eye research organization that isdedicated to finding treatments and cures for RP and other retinal degenerative diseases.Since 1971, FFB has raised over $280 million to support critical research that may one daylead to the cure of these diseases. The culmination of more than three decades of research hasresulted in discovering the building blocks for cures through novel treatments like gene therapy,pharmaceutical therapy, nutrition, drug delivery, and retinal cell transplantation.

Because I am committed to raising funds for research, I will be participating in VisionWalk,FFB’s signature fundraising event. The Walk is on the 15th day of October and will be held atInnsbrook – North Shore Commons 4951 Lake Brook Drive Glen Allen, VA 23060. My personalgoal is to raise $500 for the walk! I invite you to join my team, Kamari & Cordell “See Today”.

If you can’t join me, please consider sponsoring me for this very important event.

You can click the following link then click on Cordell &Kamari “See Today”.

Thank you for your friendship and support. I know that with friends, relatives and colleagues like you, a cure is in sight!


Shameka Samuel

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