Ten year olds should be riding bicycles, dancing with their friends, playing video games or solving a 3D Rubik’s cube puzzle. No ten year old should have to worry about his future. Or feel “sad and angry, scared and confused”.
But that’s how Owen felt when he was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa just over a year ago.
Owen is now 11. He’s lost half his eyesight already and his remaining sight may be gone in the next 10 to 20 years. That’s a heavy burden for any one of us to carry, let alone a little boy.
Then Owen and his parents discovered the Foundation Fighting Blindness and found a community dedicated to ending blindness. That connection gave Owen and his family something powerful: hope.
Owen now raises money for the Foundation Fighting Blindness and promising vision research that will help stop retinitis pigmentosa and other blinding eye disease. He knows scientists need funding to get us closer to a cure for eye diseases like his. He’s telling as many people as he can and asking them to give as much as they can. His confidence is fueled by donors like you and he’s become a phenomenal fundraiser. He’s raised more than $45,000 already!
When you give today, you will help researchers discover treatments and cures so much faster – and you’ll change Owen’s life. You’ll change a lot of other people’s lives, too. In Canada, there are more than 1 million people living with retinal eye disease.
Owen is sure that it’s only a matter of time and funding before scientists discover treatments for his eye disease and many others. “I’m super optimistic that we’ll find a cure for blindness in my lifetime,” says Owen.
Your support helps Owen be fearless now. He’s excited about the research and wants to learn as much as he can about his eye disease. He even wrote a speech about it for his class and went on to win his school and regional competitions.
“I want to say a big thanks to everyone who gives to the Foundation Fighting Blindness,” shares Owen. “Your support means I don’t have to worry as much about going blind. Your donations let me be a kid and look forward to my future.”
In just one year, you have turned Owen’s outlook on his eye disease completely around – thanks to your generosity and the power of hope.