Sam's Scramble for Sight


Four years ago, our son, Sam Walker, was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that destroys photoreceptor cells in the retina. (The retina is the layer of tissue at the back of the inner eye that converts light images to nerve signals and sends them to the brain.) As the photoreceptor cells die, blindness or near blindness results. A cure has not been found, and little can be done to slow the progression of the disease. BUT THERE IS HOPE.

Ed Stone, MD/PHd, director at The Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research at The University of Iowa, is taking a world-leading role in the eradication of human blindness. Through stem cell research, education and clinical care, Dr. Stone is working toward promising treatments that we believe will lead to a cure for Retinitis Pigmentosa – a cure that will save the gift of sight for Sam and thousands of other folks suffering from inherited eye diseases. As these diseases are rare, they will not attract investment from the private sector or the government. I hope you will join me and many other friends and acquaintances on the golf course this summer for a fundraiser in support of Dr. Stone and his important work. In addition to golf and fellowship, Dr. Stone will share the amazing progress he and his team are making.

-Brian Walker, CEO Herman Miller

The University of Iowa’s Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research was created to accelerate the eradication of heritable human blindness, through interdisciplinary research, education and clinical care. Private gifts are the life blood of most academic research centers. These gifts allow scientists to focus on important “big picture” things like treatments for inherited eye diseases. Private gifts also allow new scientists to be recruited and state-of-the-art equipment to be bought at critical junctures in a complex project, which can take years off the time it takes to reach an ambitious goal like a successful new treatment.


Monday, August 1, 2016 at Egypt Valley Country Club

An afternoon of golf with Brian Walker and friends to raise money for the Wynn Institute for Vision Research at the University of Iowa. Proceeds from the event will go directly to WIVR to support its very important work. WIVR is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

For information regarding the event, please contact Linda Brown at
(616) 836-8081 or

will follow. Dr. Stone and other members of the Wynn Institute for Vision Research will be on hand to share with you the great work they are doing. I am sure you will be motivated and impressed with their energy and commitment to this work.



Driving Range and Registration


Lunch and Registration


Shotgun Start




Dinner and Auction

A Cure is in Sight


Egypt Valley Country Club
7333 Knapp Street NE
Ada, MI 49301