Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa at 15, Jean-Christophe learned sculling, an accessible low-impact sport that would keep him active as his vision deteriorated into adulthood. Despite his diagnosis, Jean-Christophe takes buses and walks the streets of Toronto where he now lives and serves as a Director of the Ontario Adventure Rowing Association. Jean-Christophe is an unrelenting optimist, and believes that funding research, is an investment in a future without blindness for his niece who is also affected by retinitis pigmentosa.
Pairing his passion for rowing and drive to fund vision research, Jean-Christophe is spearheading a rowing tour, Canada 150 Row3Capitals Relay, benefiting the Foundation Fighting Blindness. With the support of dedicated volunteers across Ontario and the Ontario Adventure Rowing Association, Jean-Christophe has never been more optimistic that the race to restore sight finish line is fast approaching.
This ambitious 500 km rowing tour spans Ontario’s 3 historical capitals between 1841 and 1867. Kicking off the tour in Toronto on June 15th, rowers will scull 160km, after which the baton will be passed on June 23rd in Kingston for a further 140km of rowing. Finally on July 1st rowers will race to the finish line in Ottawa to celebrate Canada’s 150 Anniversary!
Join the race to restore sight and support Jean-Christophe as he “sculls for vision.” All donations to Jean-Christophe’s fundraising page benefit sight-saving research for a future without blindness. Click HERE to make your contribution to the race to restore sight.
If you are interested in hosting your own event, or starting an online fundraiser, please contact the Foundation at 1.800.461.3331 ext. 233 to get started today!