EyeCare America’s EyeRide for Sight cyclists arrived in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, July 3rd completing their 3,000 mile journey across the United States. The transcontinental ride was intended to educate the public about eye disease and preventable blindness in the United States and raise funds to support the organization’s efforts to save sight.
Over the course of two months, the team raised more than a half a million dollars. Funds raised by the ride will allow EyeCare America to provide free medical and surgical eye care to more than 20,000 people in need within the United States.
The completion of their journey was celebrated with a press conference at the Maryland House of Delegates in Annapolis, Maryland on July 10th in partnership with the Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.
Ben Hodge - Age 19
Born in Cardiff, Wales, Ben Hodge has always had a passion for healthcare. Recently he worked with Cancer Research Wales to help raise money for cancer research.
Ben learned about the importance of regular eye exams from his grandfather who suffered from cataracts. Ben’s grandfather successfully underwent cataract surgery and was able to save his sight. Because of this, Ben understands the importance of taking care of his eyes.
A graduate of Downside School, Ben played rugby and was the President of the Monkton Society and the captain of the weightlifting team. Ben also enjoys skiing and is an avid motor racing fan. Ben will attend Kingston University in London to study Property Management in the fall.
Oliver Lombard - Age 19
Oliver Lombard is no rookie to cycling. The Bath native recently cycled more than 500 miles to Santiago, Spain. A graduate of Downside School, Oliver played hockey and cricket and served as the captain of the rugby team. Oliver also participated in the powerlifting club.
In 2006, Oliver volunteered with “A Sporting Chance” in Cape Town, South Africa along with Tom and Fred, providing hundreds of children with valuable skills to successfully compete in various sports. Oliver will attend Newcastle University to study Economics in the Fall.