Foundation Fighting Blindness
The Foundation Fighting Blindness is a national non-profit organization driving the research that will lead to preventions, treatments and cures for retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases affecting more than 10 million Americans. Since 1971, the Foundation has raised over $860 million as the leading non-governmental funder of inherited retinal research. Breakthrough Foundation-funded studies using gene therapy have restored significant vision in children and young adults who were previously blind, paving the way for additional clinical trials to treat a variety of retinal diseases. The Foundation also has over 40 chapters that provide support, information and resources to affected individuals and their families in communities across the country and is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity.
Kansas City VisionWalk
Hundreds touched by vision loss will rally to fight blindness at the 15th Annual Kansas City VisionWalk on Saturday, June 25th at Corporate Woods Founders’ Park. Walkers and walk teams are striving to raise $50,000 to support promising gene therapy, stem cell, and pharmaceutical-based research that could save and even restore sight. Blinding retinal degenerative diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration and Usher syndrome affect more than 10 million Americans, but the Foundation Fighting Blindness is funding cutting-edge studies on preventions, treatments, and cures.
People are invited to form teams or walk independently at the free, family-friendly event, which will also include activities for children, refreshments, entertainment and more. To participate or support the VisionWalk, visit https://give.fightingblindness.org/kansascityvisionwalk