USC Upstate News

JC Stroble Glaucoma Awareness Foundation Sponsors Fundraiser Walk-A-Thon

10- 15- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - Lace up your tennis shoes, and plan on joining families, friends, neighbors and businesses for the second annual JC Stroble Glaucoma Awareness Foundation’s 5K Walk-A-Thon on Saturday, October 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This year the J.C. Stroble Glaucoma Awareness Foundation is being spotlighted as part of the Mayor’s Walk for Disabilities.

The walk will start at Barnett Park and end at Wofford College (Snyder Soccer Field). There will be door prizes, entertainment, and free food.  Health professionals will be on site offering eye examinations, blood pressure checks, screening for diabetes, and cholesterol levels.

“We are so excited to be staging this second annual walk-a-thon,” says Jekeithlyn Stroble Ross, founder of the JC Stroble Glaucoma Awareness Foundation. “The foundation is building upon the success, momentum and partnerships established since its founding in 2008, and we’re looking forward to hosting the walk-a-thon to focus community attention on glaucoma.”

Kiki and JC StrobleJekeithlyn Stroble Ross, a former optician and current nonprofit administration major at the University of South Carolina Upstate, formed a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating people about glaucoma and other eye diseases. Her father, JC Stroble, is the man who calls the orders out at the Beacon Restaurant in downtown Spartanburg. Legally blind as a result of glaucoma, he has been a fixture of the restaurant for over 50 years.

In addition to the walk-a-thon, the foundation will have a Walk-A-Thon Kick Off party all day long on Wednesday, October 21 at the Beacon Drive-In with special guest George Rogers, former USC Heisman Trophy winner. On Thursday, October 22, there will be a Pre-Walk for The South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind, Charles Lea Center and McCarthy-Teszler School at the Charles Lea track from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

Those who are unable to walk in the event can sponsor another person or make a tax- deductible contribution.  The J.C. Stroble Glaucoma Awareness Foundation is a component fund under The Spartanburg County Foundation. Checks should be made payable to The Spartanburg County Foundation /JCSGAF and mailed to: The J.C. Stroble Glaucoma Awareness Foundation, P.O. Box 2202, Spartanburg, SC 29304.

The focus of the J.C. Stroble Glaucoma Awareness Foundation is ultimately to decrease the number of people with undiagnosed glaucoma by promoting early detection, assisting patients in finding proper medical care for glaucoma, educating the public on glaucoma and other ocular conditions, and overcoming existing health disparities in our community.

More information about the J.C. Stroble Glaucoma Awareness Foundation and the Walk-A-Thon is available on the organization’s Web site at or or call (864) 266-8406.