Starkdale Presbyterian Church, Steubenville, is the event host for the inaugural Abigail's Angels Charity Walk that will be held Sept. 22 at the Robert Kettlewell Memorial Stadium on the campus of Indian Creek High School, Wintersville.
The event is a 3-mile walk to raise money and awareness in honor of a 7-year old Abigail Kinney and her fight with a rare eye condition called Leber's Congenital Amaurosis.
The walk begins at 10 a.m. at the high school stadium, winds through Wintersville and ends back at the stadium with "finish line festivities" including inflatables, food, drawings for baskets, food, facing-painting and a lot more.
"Sponsors are still needed. We urge your kindness to help make this event a true success," said Cindy Sagrilla, committee member and co-organizer. "We invite community clubs and area businesses to participate as a sponsor.
There are five levels of sponsorship available with a sponsor on board by July 15 to be included in the event's summer promotions. For information on sponsorships or to become an "angel," contact the church by phone at (740) 264-5309 or by e-mail at email@example.com
"Our goal is to keep the genuine sparkle in Abigail's young eyes," said Jane Gambos, Starkdale's outreach commission chair for Starkdale.
For those interested in "walking for research," the registration fee prior to the event is $20 for an adult and $10 for a child which includes a T-shirt and lunch. Individuals can register online at www.abigails-angels.com or come for lunch and the "Finish Line Festivities" for $5 per person. Individuals are invited to organize a team to show support or simply join a friend and walk in tandem.
The disease causes the eye's retina to slowly die. The gene RDH12 is the culprit, but there is hope, according to Sagrilla. "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 non-profit, the RDH12 Fund for Sight, and all donations are tax deductible. All monies are used to fund RDH12 research.
For information, contact Sagrilla by phone at (740) 544-5660 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Involved in planning the fundraiser are Mary Louise Morgan, Carolyn Glaub, Abigail Kinney, Cindy Sagrilla, Lori Kinney, Melanie Carver, Jill Wickham and Jane Gambos.