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March 13, 2007

March Madness Against Blindness to benefit Kellogg research

ANN ARBOR, MI – Although he's a healthy four-year-old now, Brendan Hepner lost his eye to retinoblastoma when he was only nine months old. His parents, Myron and Karen, are grateful to the physicians and staff at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center for all they've done - and continue to do - for Brendan. To show their appreciation, the Hepners have organized the inaugural March Madness Against Blindness event to raise awareness and funds to support research at Kellogg.

Brendan HepnerMarch Madness Against Blindness will be held at Damon's Grill (3150 Boardwalk) in Ann Arbor, March 15th and 16th, during the first round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. During last year's tournament, Myron decided to put his basketball watching to good use, spoke with the owners of Damon's, and this fundraiser was created.

During this two-day event, Myron will pledge to watch all 32 games of the first round in exchange for your donations. You can donate in one of three different ways:

1. Visit and fill out the online donation form.

2. Visit Damon's and request your dining receipt go toward the fundraiser. Over the two-day event, Damon's will contribute 10 percent of all dining receipts to the fundraiser.

3. Visit Damon's and purchase a paper basketball. During the entire month of March, Damon's will sell paper basketballs for $1.00 each. Donors can write their name on the basketball, which then will be posted in the restaurant.

All donations from March Madness Against Blindness will go to Kellogg's research into age-related macular degeneration. For more information on this event, please contact Gayle Dickerson at 734-647-7382 or or Aimee Bergquist at 734-763-4660 or


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