More than 300 local "angels" tread the streets of Wintersville as they honored 8-year-old Abigail Kinney's fight for sight, promoted awareness for a rare eye condition called Leber's Congenital Amaurosis and in the process raised more than $31,000 when Abigail's Angels Charity Walk was held on Sept. 22.
The event started at Indian Creek High School auditorium and back concluding with "finish-line festivities" that included music, fun, inflatables, basket drawings, food and face-painting.
"This first-annual event truly exceeded expectations," said committee member and co-organizer Cindy Sagrilla. "The community support was overwhelming," Sagrilla said.
"The most sincere thank-you doesn't come close to expressing my gratitude for everyone's participation - the sponsors, walkers and the multitude of volunteers," said Lori Kinney, organizer and Abigail's mother. "As we continue to devote our attention to this cause, we are blessed by the outpouring of continued love and support from so many, knowing it means so much for my little girl."
Anyone interested in contributing to Abigail's Angels, can visit the website www.abigails-angels.com or call Starkdale Presbyterian Church's office at (740) 264-5309.
LCA is a disease that causes the eye's retina to slowly die. The gene RDH12 is the culprit, but there is hope, they said. Research is now under way for the development of a gene therapy treatment that will sustain or restore vision for many like Abigail.
Abigail's Angels support the official 5013C nonprofit "The RDH12
Fund for Sight," and all donations are tax-deductible. All monies are used to fund RDH12 research.
For information about the topic or event, contact Sagrilla by phone at (740) 635-6484 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org