That Man May See
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Fifth Annual
Alcatraz Swim for Sight

Fight against the San Francisco Bay currents and blindness in the fifth annual Alcatraz Swim for Sight on Sunday, October 23, 2016. Sign up now to secure your spot in this coveted 100-person, community-based swim benefiting That Man May See, the support foundation of the University of California, San Francisco, Department of Ophthalmology. You will be inspired by those around you and experience an incredible level of passion and camaraderie on your journey across the San Francisco Bay. Your participation will move the research forward faster and deliver new treatments to those who face the challenges of blindness daily. Join us by swimming, donating, or volunteering to help us find a cure for blindness.

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  • 10/23/16
  • 5:30 AM
  • Crissy Field/East Beach

Registration Fee

  • General Registration Fee: $175
  • Visually Impaired Registration Fee: $250
  • Virtual Swimmer: $25


  • Molly Boylan: [email protected]
  • Lorie Hirson: [email protected]

About Alcatraz

  • Miles from SF: 1.5
  • Nickname: The Rock
  • Escapees: 3 (maybe)
  • Training Tips

Swimmer Fundraising Goal

Challenge yourself to raise a minimum of $500 and beyond. REMEMBER... 100% of funds raised go directly to vision research.

NEW THIS YEAR: Join us as a virtual swimmer. Whether you are afraid of sharks or only like to dip your toes in the water, this is perfect for you. Fundraise from the comforts of your own home while supporting an amazing cause!

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Group Victory

History of Alcatraz Swim for Sight

Once a swimmer, always a swimmer – it is in your blood whether you like it or not. The moment Lorie Hirson moved to San Francisco in 2000, she felt a strong, gravitational pull to swim from Alcatraz. Yet it is hard to grasp why anyone would plunge herself from a boat into 54-degree waters with who knows what below the surface just to be able to say, “I swam from Alcatraz to the shores of San Francisco.”

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Waves Made by Swimmers

Over the past four years, the Alcatraz Swim for Sight swimmers have raised more than $350,000. Every dollar went directly to research to help bring us that much closer to a cure for blindness. To date, we have funded seven projects. Take a look to see your dollars hard at work.

Please donate today to help us reach our goal of $500,000 in five years. We can’t stop fighting to help restore and eliminate blindness for future generations.

Impact of Your Support.




Funds raised through the Alcatraz Swim for Sight are donated to That Man May See, the support foundation for vision science at UC San Francisco (UCSF), including the Department of Ophthalmology and the Francis I. Proctor Foundation for Research in Ophthalmology.

Contributors to That Man May See help accelerate scientific discoveries to eliminate eye diseases and blindness, attract and retain world-class clinicians and researchers, support the training of future leaders in ophthalmology, and increase public understanding of eye health.

That Man May See also provides seed funds to initiate new research programs with a high potential for success. With demonstrated results, faculty members apply for government grants. Vision science at UCSF ranks among the top six for grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Eye Institute (NEI).


Why Support

“Retinal degenerative diseases pose one of the greatest challenges facing ophthalmology today. The death of vision cells, with the intricate and special functions they perform to enable us to see, is a vexing problem that hundreds of topnotch scientists are tackling as we speak. Although we have made progress, we need a tremendous amount of support to drive novel, groundbreaking research to develop treatments and cures for these sight-threatening conditions.” — Jacque Duncan, MD - Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, UCSF

Other Important Statistics…

  • 314 Million people in the world are visually impaired and
    45 million are blind

  • 87% of the visually disabled live in developing countries of the world
  • Of the 45 Million Blind many of the causes are potentially treatable or preventable (ie. Cataract)

  • 85% of the cases of visually impairment globally
    is avoidable


Thank you in advance for participating in the Alcatraz Swim for Sight and joining our efforts to support vision research aimed at saving and restoring sight. We cannot thank you enough for all your encouragement and love. The fight against blindness and accepting it as my reality is a lot easier with such a wonderful community of family and friends.