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

You too can host your own community fundraiser for vision research. Contact or 1.800.461.3331.

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