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.

Friends and Partners

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is aligned with many other like-minded organizations, including Vision Health Organizations, Science and Research Organizations and organizations we work with to help us remain Accountable to our Donors. Being an active member of a network allows communication to flow freely and lets us know about the latest scientific breakthroughs as soon as possible. It is also a way to spread awareness of the need for retinal disease research. The Foundation's network of friends includes government agencies, medical societies, patient groups and service organizations.

Our friends and partners provide a wealth of knowledge, skills and resources, all of which enrich the Foundation's activities and ultimately advance our goal to find treatments and cures for the vision loss and blindness caused by retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration and related diseases of the retina.

Vision Health Organizations

 

Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS)

www.eyesite.ca
COS is Canada's professional association of ophthalmologists (eye doctors). Visit this site to learn about the vision care initiatives of Canada's eye doctors and to learn about their policy on eye care.

 

Health Charities Coalition of Canada (HCCC)

www.healthcharities.ca
The HCCC is a federally funded umbrella group that gives a unified voice to Canada's health charities.

 

The National Coalition for Vision Health

www.visionhealth.ca
Providing leadership for the improvement of vision health and eye care through research and public awareness, by supporting public and professional education and information, developing vision loss prevention initiatives and advocacy programs.

 

Retina International (RI)

www.retina-international.org
RI is an international, umbrella organization driven by patients with retinal degenerative diseases. The purpose of this group is to promote awareness and to advocate the need for research directed to understanding the causes, finding the treatments and ultimately the cures for retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration and related diseases of the retina. Visit this site to find links to societies and foundations worldwide dedicated to the same cause.

 

Vision Health Research Council (VHRC)

www.vhrc.net
VHRC represents the interests of scientists and vision health professionals dedicated to promoting or engaging in vision research.

Science and Research Organizations

 

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

www.arvo.org
ARVO is an international beacon for vision research. Thousands of the world's leading vision scientists meet at ARVO' s annual meeting for an exchange of late breaking scientific news. ARVO is the platform from which much great vision science springs.

 

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

www.cihr.ca
CIHR is one of Canada's leading, federal granting agencies. It provides funding, guidelines and peer review for Canada's health sciences research community. The FFB-C adheres to the guidelines set out by CIHR.

 

Institute of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA)

www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/8579.html
INMHA is one of CIHR's 13 institutes. It oversees the funding of projects specifically directed to vision research.

 

Institute of Genetics (IG)

www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/13147.html
IG oversees scientific projects directed to understanding the role of genetics in human life and disease.

 

The Stem Cell Network

www.stemcellnetwork.ca
The Stem Cell Network is one of Canada's federally funded Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE). The SC Network is dedicated to making the therapeutic potential of stem cells a reality. The FFB-C is currently a partner in a research project directed to understanding the nature of adult retinal stem cells with the hope the knowledge gained will lead to future treatments for macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa, as well as other degenerative diseases of the retina.

Accountability to our Donors

Imagine Canada

www.imaginecanada.ca
A national program to promote public and corporate giving, volunteering and support to the community.

 

Other Partners

The Academy of Ophthalmic Education

www.aoece.com
The Academy of Ophthalmic Education conducts continuing education seminars for Opticians, Optometrists, Ophthalmologists, Family Physicians and Optometric and Ophthalmic Assistants.

Canadian Coalition of Eye Care Professionals

www.ccepro.ca
Eye Care Professionals collaborating to uphold the highest standards of patient eye care across Canada.

 

Accessible Media Sponsor

Accessible Media Inc. (AMI)

www.ami.ca
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) is a not-for-profit multimedia organization serving more than five million Canadians who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, hard of hearing, mobility or print restricted. Operating two broadcast services: AMI-audio and AMI-tv, and a website (AMI.ca), AMI's mission is to make accessible media for all Canadians.

 

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