Since then, VOC has been a pioneering force in driving research on hereditary vision disorders, many of which are lesser-known, and therefore, under-funded. “The focus is on finding the genetic pathway to various retinal eye disorders,” said Sam Hardage, who is also co-founder and chairman of The Hardage Group, a hotel and real estate development company headquartered in San Diego. “We know that gene therapy is a viable solution that has been proven to work. Still, there’s much more work to do before we can eradicate genetic eye diseases, and we’re very grateful for the Stump family’s willingness to help us raise funds so we can expand the number of researchers working on a cure.”
In addition to the Village Market, the Stump’s Family Marketplace in Point Loma will also participate in the month-long fundraiser for VOC. “We’re happy to give back to the community in which we operate,” said Matt Basham, manager of the Rancho Santa Fe Village Market. “We’ve worked with local sports teams, churches and scouts, and we just recently finished the Buy A Shamrock campaign to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association.”
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