June 21–23, 2019American Family Insurance ChampionshipMadison
Imagine golfing without sight. The smell of freshly cut grass. The feel of the wind. The sound of clubs hitting balls. They would be your only guides — making birdies even more challenging to attain.
The researchers at UW–Madison’s Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and McPherson Eye Research Institute are aiming for the ultimate ace — saving sight. Our vision is to save vision.
From bench to bedside, we’re discovering new ways to leverage stem cell and genetic therapies, while treating inherited eye diseases and reversing age-related blinding conditions. We’re building advanced imaging technologies to be able to see these treatments in action and learning more about the mechanisms of vision loss.
Ensure groundbreaking research continues by making a pledge. Your support will help our eye experts take every shot at stopping blinding diseases like glaucoma, diabetes, and macular degeneration.
With more than 50 years of eye imaging leadership, the UW is now pioneering gene and stem cell therapies for blinding diseases.
Over 100,000 Wisconsinites are living with vision difficulty.
Glaucoma prevention eye drops were invented at UW–Madison.
More About the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and McPherson Eye Research Institute
The University of Wisconsin’s Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and McPherson Eye Research Institute are committed to stopping the progression of blinding diseases. Our researchers and clinicians are making advanced imaging and stem cell and gene therapies realities for people who can’t see. Together, we can better understand and combat diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetes that rob people of their sight.
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What started in 2018 as an effort to support the UW’s fight against Alzheimer’s disease has grown to make an even bigger impact. Birdies for Health is a fundraising program designed to support five causes within UW Health and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health by generating contributions for every birdie made during the American Family Insurance Championship. And, 100 percent of the gifts raised will go to the participating causes — helping to improve research and treatment and make a difference in the lives of people in Wisconsin and beyond.
About the American Family Insurance Championship
American Family Insurance, the PGA TOUR Champions, and the 2020 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain and Wisconsin native Steve Stricker launched this professional golf tournament in June 2016. Held annually at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, the championship features a 78-player field and three days of tournament play. All proceeds go to charity. In three years, the tournament has raised more than $4.7 million for 185 local charities. Visit amfamchampionship.com for more information.
Stricker and North – Champions of Charity
Steve Stricker and Andy North have a long list of accomplishments on and off the golf course. Steve and American Family Insurance partnered in 2013 to create the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation. And in 2016, they brought the American Family Insurance Championship to Madison. This PGA TOUR Champions event has raised more than $4.7 million for charity in its first three years. Andy North has hosted the Andy North & Friends charitable event to benefit the UW Carbone Cancer Center for 10 years, raising more than $10.5 million.