Posts By: FFB Canada

World Sight Day Announcement: the FFB launches the Cedric Ritchie Fund to Cure Blindness

October 11th, 2018 by FFB Canada

The Canadian scientist Dr. Andras Nagy, Senior Investigator at Mount Sinai’s Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, is announced today as the inaugural recipient of the Cedric Ritchie Fund to Cure Blindness: a new $1.5 million initiative made possible by the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Canada’s largest charitable funder of vision research. The Foundation Fighting Blindness is proud to…

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New Video and Podcast About Accessible Technology

October 1st, 2018 by FFB Canada

Each year, the Foundation Fighting Blindness holds several Vision Quest educational events across the country. Our second Vision Quest of 2018 took place on September 15 in Toronto, Ontario and brought over 250 people together at a symposium on inherited retinal diseases. We’re grateful to all of our guest speakers and panelists and are happy…

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Meet the 2019 Co-chairs for Young Leaders

September 28th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Launched in 2015 by the Foundation Fighting Blindness, the National Young Leaders Program saw a lot of growth in 2018. Designed to provide Canadian youth living with vision loss and blindness with mentorship and career-building opportunities, the Program is oriented around an in-person Summit—you can read more about this year’s Summit HERE—and is set to…

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Announcing the FFB’s Vision Care Pathways

September 27th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Along with the brain, the eye is one of the human body’s most intricate components, an elaborate collection of parts working in tandem to do one thing: gather external light and focus it on a small area of tissue at the back of the eye. Cells housed in the tissue absorb light particles and transmit…

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Listen to Dr. Chad Andrews on AMI’s The Pulse

September 10th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Our Manager of Research and Education, Dr. Chad Andrews, recently appeared on the AMI podcast The Pulse to discuss Cycle for Sight (4:00), recent breakthroughs in gene therapy (7:40), Dr. Michel Cayouette’s work on stem cells (12:36), and an online educational resource we’re currently developing called Vision Care Pathways (22:09). You can listen to the…

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Your Gifts Are Helping Generations to Come

September 7th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Most parents don’t know what the future holds for their children, but when your child is diagnosed with x-linked retinoschisis (XLRS), the same eye disease that your father has lived with his whole life, you know exactly what the future holds: vision loss. But knowing doesn’t make the diagnosis any easier, which was certainly the…

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Decades of Service to the FFB Community

August 14th, 2018 by FFB Canada

This past August, Sharon Colle, President and CEO of the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) announced that she will be retiring at the end of 2018. We recently sat down with Sharon to discuss her more than 27-year tenure with the FFB and what her hopes are for the future of the organization. Q: What brought…

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Are You Living with Glaucoma?

July 23rd, 2018 by FFB Canada

Are you currently living with glaucoma? If so, we at the Foundation Fighting Blindness would like to learn about your experiences with the disease so that we can help build a better future for glaucoma patients. Please click on the link below to complete our survey on glaucoma. It should only take 10 minutes of…

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10 Years of Cycle for Sight

July 10th, 2018 by FFB Canada

In 2009, Dave Sweeny, Michael Ovens, Erin George, and Martin de Sousa came together to develop a new way to raise funds in the fight against blindness. Their vision became a reality when, along with 45 other riders, they hit the road on a rainy day in Toronto for the first Cycle for Sight. That…

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