Friends, countrymen, Americans, lend me your…eyes?
I’m not writing to bury Caesar nor to praise him. In fact, the unfortunate emperor has very little to do with the point of today’s post, except for one character trait that the rockin’ roman had in abundance: AMBITION.
Ambition is a powerful force. Although good old Julius’ appetites tended towards world-domination (and we all know how THAT worked out for him), people who possess deep-seated drive to change the world for the better can accomplish some pretty amazing things.
Although activists receive well-deserved accolades for their ambitious achievements, one group’s passionate pursuits all-too-often go unrecognized: researchers.
Devoting your life to study one specific problem takes enormous drive. Scientists start projects because they genuinely believe that the knowledge obtained will lead to an important insight, a cure for devastating conditions, or an innovation to improve peoples’ lives. Research can be frustrating. Spending three days pipetting clear liquids back and forth only to have the entire experiment go belly-up at the last minute because of a misplaced label tests even the strongest constitutions. However, making important discoveries motivates stalwart scholars to persist day after day after day.
I don’t do experiments in the lab anymore. I’m not a researcher. But I’m still passionate about supporting science in every possible way, which is why I jumped at the chance to rally a team together to participate in The McPherson Eye Research Institute Cycle for Sight Fundraiser.
The event combines my two favorite things: science and cycling.
Specifically it’s an indoor-spinning rally to raise funds for research. Please visit our fundraising page, and consider making a donation. Your contribution will directly support some incredible studies into the nature of vision and blindness cures.
Scientists at McPherson study such important topics as regenerating photoreceptors to restore lost vision, age-related macular degeneration, immune response to gene-therapy vectors in the eye, pluripotent stem cells as therapies and models, and even peoples’ perceptions of science and art.
I’m planning on parking my keister on a spin bike for several hours on March 12th to support this amazing science. Please consider contributing $10, $20, or any amount you feel comfortable. You can find my personal fundraising page at this link. Thank you!