Fall VisionWalk Season is Around the Corner
Gene Therapy Reactivates Retina, Restores Vision
An international research team, funded in part by the Foundation Fighting Blindness, has used gene therapy to reactivate retinal cells that were previously unresponsive to light. The treatment was delivered to cones, the retinal cells that provide central and daytime vision.
French Researchers Planning Clinical Study of Vision-Preserving Protein
A promising treatment aimed at preserving cones, the retinal cells that provide central and daytime vision, is poised to move into a Phase I clinical trial within the next year. Known as rod-derived cone viability factor (RdCVF), the therapeutic protein has consistently preserved vision in several preclinical studies.
Piecing Together the Complex AMD Puzzle
Thanks to over 20 years of clinical research involving more than 8,500 people, Johanna M. Seddon, M.D., a nationally recognized macular degeneration specialist and genetic epidemiologist, has identified a number of lifestyle factors, such as smoking and diet, which can affect a person’s risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
City Rallies Big for Jack Hogan’s Vision
Five-year-old Jack Hogan has stolen the hearts of Bayonne, New Jersey.
When his parents, Jeanette and Shawn, formed a VisionWalk team to raise
money for research to cure the retinitis pigmentosa that’s stealing his
vision, they reached out to their friends and family, but never did they
expect the flood of support they got from their local community.
Never Walking Alone
After losing his job and his vision, Lee Shayler walked one mile every hour for 42 days straight to raise money for sight-saving research. He and his family brought in more than $15,000.
The fall VisionWalk season kicks off next month. Sign
up now for a walk in your area. Every step you take brings us closer to a cure. Find a walk in your community and sign up today: www.VisionWalk.org.
Vision Seminar Series Dates & Locations Announced!
The Foundation’s Vision Seminar Series is returning for another year. These free seminars offer the chance for individuals to hear from area doctors and specialists about the current research, clinical trials, and treatments for retinal degenerative diseases. There are also vendors on-site from local organizations offering low vision products, services and resources. Check to see if we’re coming to your area!
Visit our Web site for a complete list of Foundation events nationwide.
Check out the latest media coverage of the Foundation!
CBS Early Show – July 22, 2010
James and Bubba Frigo appeared on the CBS Early Show after completing a bike ride across the country to raise money for the Foundation through the Race to Cure Blindness program. The Frigos were also featured on FOX 29 in Philly when they rode through.
The Daily Courier – July 15, 2010
Jennifer and Matthew Pletcher held a picnic to raise funds for retinal
disease research in hopes of finding a cure for their 4-year-old
daughter, Finley, who suffers from Leber congenital amaurosis.
FOX 4 Kansas City – June 21, 2010
Paige Mead was interviewed on FOX 4 in Kansas City about the area’s 3rd Annual VisionWalk!
Visit the media section of our Web site to see more of the great media coverage the Foundation is securing in nationwide and regional markets!