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Inaugural Recipient of the Restore Vision 20/20 Award Announced!

Inaugural Recipient of the Restore Vision 20/20 Award Announced!

September 12th, 2018 by Dr. Mary Sunderland

There is no doubt that funding vision research is the surest path to developing new sight-saving treatments – just ask our Scientific Advisory Board. September 5, 2018 was a very special day for all of us at the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB): we hosted our annual Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) meeting, which brings together world-renowned…

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

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

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

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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National Young Leaders: a report on the 2018 Summit

National Young Leaders: a report on the 2018 Summit

July 30th, 2018 by Dr. Chad Andrews

“My perception of leadership has changed. I believe that leadership is not just about being a leader for yourself, but for your team and for what you stand for.” – 2018 Young Leaders Summit attendee The Foundation Fighting Blindness’s National Young Leaders Program is unique in Canada. Launched in 2015, it brings together youth affected…

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Are You Living with Glaucoma?

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

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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Dr. Mike Sapieha Wins Prestigious Cogan Award

Dr. Mike Sapieha Wins Prestigious Cogan Award

July 10th, 2018 by FFB Canada

Did you know that obesity is the second most important environmental risk factor for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD)? At the FFB, we are very proud to be funding Dr. Mike Sapieha, who is leading a study to understand how high-fat diets may impact the progression of dry AMD to the more severe, “wet” form…

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What Will the Future be Like for My Son?

What Will the Future be Like for My Son?

July 3rd, 2018 by Guest Contributor

Guest post from Steve’s mom, Catherine Kirugi Like most kids his age, my 9-year old son Steve, asks a lot of questions. But one of them always breaks my heart. “Mom, why am I blind?” When Steve was just a few months old, he was diagnosed with the eye disease Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). My…

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