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At its 2008 Black and White Ball, The Glaucoma Foundation's Kitty

At its 2008 Black and White Ball, The Glaucoma Foundation's Kitty
Carlisle Hart Award of Merit for Lifetime Achievement was presented to
New York Governor David A. Paterson by Ms. The late Hart's daughter, Dr.Catherine Hart. The Foundation also honored its founder, Dr. Robert Ritch. From left to right: Dr. Catherine Hart, Dr. Gregory K. Harmon,Governor David A. Paterson, Dr. Robert Ritch,
Scott R. Christensen.  Photo by: PhotoBureau Inc.



Governor David A. Paterson Honored

by The Glaucoma Foundation


            December 3, New York -- The Glaucoma Foundation (TGF) recognized the life accomplishments of New York Governor David A. Paterson at its 22nd Annual Black & White Ball, held December 3rd at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. Governor Paterson was awarded the Kitty Carlisle Hart Award of Merit for Lifetime Achievement.  The award was created in 1999 in recognition of Ms. Hart’s contributions to the battle against glaucoma and was presented to Governor Paterson by the late Ms. Hart’s daughter, New York physician, Dr. Catherine Hart.

            “We applaud Governor Paterson’s tenacity and courage to overcome obstacles – traits that embody the spirit of the Kitty Carlisle Hart Award,” said Gregory K. Harmon, M.D., Chairman of The Glaucoma Foundation. “He has set a milestone in American public life,” Dr. Harmon added, noting that “in all his endeavors, Governor Paterson continues to challenge public perceptions about what it means to have a disability.”

        Said Governor Paterson: "As someone who has experienced acute angle-closure glaucoma, I know the pain and fear that comes from a sudden onset of glaucoma. In my case, I was extremely lucky - I had world-class treatment just two miles from my home, and fully recovered. Without that immediate attention, I could have suffered irreversible damage -- and this is what makes the work of The Glaucoma Foundation so important. By raising awareness about glaucoma and by funding groundbreaking research toward prevention, treatments and cures, you are bringing the world closer to eradicating preventable blindness from glaucoma."

            Also honored at the December 3rd event was TGF’s founder, Dr. Robert Ritch, who received the first Award for Excellence and Innovation in Glaucoma. This new award recognizes the contributions of individuals who have played a significant and unique role in promoting the medicine and science of glaucoma. It has been renamed   the Dr. Robert Ritch Award for Excellence and Innovation in Glaucoma.  

            Income generated from the Ball supports innovative research primarily in the fields of optic nerve rescue and restoration and the genetics of the disease, two key areas in the pursuit of improved treatments.  Proceeds will also help sustain TGF's efforts to educate the public about the need for routine testing to detect the disease in its earliest stages.  Glaucoma afflicts more than 3 million people in the U.S. and 67 million worldwide.



The Glaucoma Foundation

The mission of The Glaucoma Foundation (TGF) is to fund groundbreaking research and to educate the public about the disease and the importance of early detection to prevent blindness. Founded in1984 by Dr. Robert Ritch, TGF is one of the premier not-for-profit organizations dedicated to eradicating blindness from glaucoma through vital research and education. In addition to the Kitty Carlisle Hart Award of Merit for Lifetime Achievement, TGF sponsors two additional accolades: the new Dr. Robert Ritch Award for Innovation and Excellence in Glaucoma and the Corporate Visionary Award


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