Posts By: FFB Canada

“Adapt to What You Have and Never Give Up.”

February 6th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Being young and being philanthropic don’t often go together, and for good reasons. Young people, especially those between 17 and 30, face challenges that are both daunting and unprecedented: tuition fees are inflated, job markets are increasingly constrained, and home ownership is often beyond reach. These challenges are heightened for those living with vision loss…

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Vitamins, Vitality, and Vision Loss

February 6th, 2018 by FFB Canada

“Eat your carrots!” is a refrain that conjures nostalgia—and sometimes dread—for many of us. But it looks like parents around the world were on to something. Carrots won’t give you the eyesight of a superhero, but they contain enough beta-carotene to contribute to healthier eyes. Beta-carotene is used by the body to produce vitamin A,…

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Everything You Need to Know About FFB Canada’s Patient Registry

February 6th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Fill out the online form on our Patient Registry page to learn more about how you can enroll. Click here to download a printable version of this article/fact sheet: PDF/Word. The Patient Registry is a secure medical database that was designed to connect people living with inherited retinal diseases (IRDs) to clinical trials, to improve…

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Comic Vision Tickets On Sale Now!

February 6th, 2018 by FFB Canada

We are thrilled to announce that Comic Vision is back for another hilarious year of sight-saving comedy. Since 1999, Comic Vision has spread hope and humour coast-to-coast and raised a game-changing $9 million for sight-saving research, treatments and cures for blindness. TICKETS ON SALE NOW! On Thursday, April 19th, Comic Vision Toronto kicks off this year’s tour…

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Four Vision Research and Treatment Trends to Watch in 2018   

January 22nd, 2018 by FFB Canada

With the December 2017 announcement that the world’s first ocular gene therapy had received approval by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there’s no doubt that 2017 was a landmark year for gene therapy. Looking back, 2017 was a year of firsts, including the first stem cell therapy clinical trial for macular degeneration…

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Shorcan Charity Day Raises $7,000 for Vision Research

January 19th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Yesterday, we helped TMX Group close the market for the 20th Shorcan Charity Day! For the last 20 years, Shorcan Brokers Limited has donated one day’s profits to charities, including the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB). Today, we’re thrilled to announce that the FFB and the crucial vision research we support will benefit from $7,000 thanks to…

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Racing Against the Clock

January 18th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Unless there is a research breakthrough very soon, Shelagh Anson’s children will lose their sight in their teens. Rowan and Caroline were born with Usher Syndrome, a disease that affects hearing and sight. They’ve both had hearing problems from day one, but cochlear implants have helped with that. They also have difficulties with balance, but…

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2017 in Review: The Most-Read FFB Stories of 2017

December 22nd, 2017 by FFB Canada

At the FFB, we love writing about vision research. In 2017, we wrote more than 50 stories to share news about stem cell discoveries, CRISPR gene-editing, promising new drug therapies, and emerging treatments for blinding eye disease. Have you read them all? The best place to start is with our top 10 most-read stories of…

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Give the Gift of Sight

November 27th, 2017 by FFB Canada

When my son Bennett was born, he was a beautiful, healthy baby boy. My husband and I couldn’t have been happier. But 10 weeks later, we got shocking news that knocked us off our feet – our little boy had a rare eye disease called juvenile retinoschisis and there was no cure. What we learned…

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Announcing our Year-End Campaign: Let’s Bring the Fight

November 7th, 2017 by FFB Canada

This year, our donors and supporters have helped FFB-funded researchers lead the fight against blindness and vision loss. As we approach the end of 2017, we still need your help to ensure that all of the crucial vision research that we’ve committed to support will receive funding. So, we are launching our Let’s Bring the Fight…

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