2023 Alcatraz Swim for Sight a huge success!

September 19, 2023

THANK YOU to those who joined us on Sunday, September 17 for the Alcatraz Swim for Sight at Aquatic Park.

There were 48 swimmers who braved the cold waters to swim from Alcatraz back to Aquatic Park.  Thank you also to friends and family who gathered to cheer on the swimmers and help raise money for vision research; and, to all those who volunteered. Special thanks to the San Francisco Police who allowed us to use their boat for this year’s swim.

Click here to watch the Hirson brothers’ interview on Fox 2 – KTVU (Friday, September 15, 2023).

Click here to listen to KCBS Radio’s Megan Goldsby report about the Hirson brothers organizing this year’s Swim for Sight (Friday, September 15, 2023).

Click here to read “With Alcatraz swim, teen brothers raise $150,000 for blindness research in mom’s honor” posted on The Jewish News of Northern California (Wednesday, October 18, 2023).

This year’s event was co-chaired by Ari and Noah Hirson. The Edward Charles Foundation administered the event. Proceeds will go to the All May See Foundation to support UCSF Ophthalmology faculty research.

The goal for this year’s event was to attract 50 swimmers and raise at least $25,000. To date the event has raised nearly $150,000. These dollars will continue to move research forward to eliminate blindness worldwide and create a world for all to see.

Photos from this year’s swim


Past Swim for Sight Events
The 2021 Swim for Sight event raised more than $300,000 for UCSF vision research. Since the event’s inception, nearly $1 million was generated for the All May See Foundation to support Ophthalmology faculty research in search of new treatments and cures for blindness. The event was founded by All May See Foundation Board members Lorie and Ron Hirson. We are so thrilled that their teenaged sons will now be running this exciting event. For additional event details visit – https://www.alcatrazswimforsight.org/

Make a gift today!
There is still time to make a donation to support this event – please visit – https://give.alcatrazswimforsight.org/event/alcatraz-swim-for-sight/e487518

2023 Event Co-Chairs

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