Art is Her Best Friend

Yvonne is living her dream. She is an artist, dedicated to raising awareness and funds for vision research.

Become a Community Fundraiser

Community events are a fun way for you to join the fight against blindness and fund sight saving research. Host a fundraiser in your community today!

Out-pacing vision loss

Cycle for Sight founder and co-chair, Michael Ovens, will cycle any distance or run any length to help support sight-saving research.

Meet Molly Burke, FFB Youth Ambassador

Youth Ambassador

Molly Burke is a youth ambassador for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, educating the public about living with blindness while delivering a message of hope to those living with vision impairment.

Meet Norma Bastidas, mom on a mission

Mom on a Mission

Norma is the second person in history to run 7 of the planet's most unforgiving environments on 7 continents in 1 year in support of vision research. Read her about incredible journey.

Meet Dale Turner, proof that research does work

Miracles do happen

Dale Turner is the first Canadian to receive an experimental treatment and have some sight restored by gene therapy. Dale is proof that investing in research works.

Fighting Blindness with Belly Dancing

April 11, 2011

Yvonne Felix belly dancing at Girls on Foot.
Sisters, Yvonne Felix and Kathy Beitz belly danced for a cure in support of sight saving research on Saturday, April 2 at the Artword Artbar | Artword Gallery in Hamilton. Girls on Foot Fight Blindness, was an evening of belly dancing in support of the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

The night featured Yvonne and Kathy belly dancing to an eclectic arrangement of live music by Kyle Rawn, of fame.

Yvonne Felix was diagnosed with Stargardt disease, a form of juvenile macular degeneration, when she was just seven years old. Her sister, Kathy Beitz and another sibling, Will, were also diagnosed with the genetic eye disease shortly after. Currently there is no treatment or cure for this genetic eye disease that slowly leads to blindness.

Vision loss hasn’t stopped the two sisters. Yvonne is a local award-winning artist and Kathy is an early childhood educator who uses dance as her creative outlet. Both sisters are dedicated to raising awareness and funds for vision research.

“I will never know why my family was given this disease but I do know that it has given me the chance to use my art to help others. The Foundation Fighting Blindness – Canada’s leading private contributor to vision research for eye diseases like mine and my family’s – has provided me with the hope that a cure is in sight,” said Yvonne

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