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.


  • Comic Vision

    APRIL 2014 - Share the laughter. See the hope. Join us for the 2014 Comic Vision tour & Comic Vision: Last Call - the most fun-filled, casual fundraising events of the season!

  • Cycle for Sight

    JUNE 2014 - Join us for Cycle for Sight and enjoy the perfect one-day ride!

  • Ride for Sight

    JUNE 2014 - Join us for Canada's biggest and longest-running motorcycle charity ride. The best party of the summer!

  • Vision Quest 2013

    Listen to informative lectures and discussions from Vision Quest 2013!

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News & Events

  • Celebrating 40 Years of Discovery

    Photo: Cover of ReportApril 2, 2014 - The Foundation Fighting Blindness has just released
    Celebrating 40 Years of Discovery: Our Report to Donors. It tells the story of Foundation-funded research in Canada, its impact and influence globally, and how these discoveries are evolving into sight-saving therapies. 

    Here is our report to you, our donors: (PDF / Word)

     

     

     

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  • Trial of Treatment to Slow Retinitis Pigmentosa Vision Loss Begins in Italy

    Apr 15, 2014 - The eye drop uses a nerve growth factor to protect photoreceptors is already being tested to treat another rare eye disease, neurotrophic keratitis.

    Learn more

  • Accessible Media Inc. launches 2014 Scholarship Program

    Apr 2, 2014 - The Foundation Fighting Blindness’ media partner, Accessible Media Inc., is launching a program to award two $5,000 scholarships per year to qualifying individuals, one of which is reserved for a student with a permanent disability.

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  • Geneticist's Sight-Saving Contributions Recognized

    Mar 31, 2014 - Dr. Jane Green’s pioneering research with Newfoundland and Labrador families has improved life for thousands of people with inherited retinal diseases - both inside and outside the province. This work has helped define and diagnose several eye diseases. Recently, she was honoured with the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.

    Learn more about her research

  • A Link between Exercise and Vision Health

    Mar 25, 2014 - Scientists report the first clear evidence of a link between exercise and retinal health and vision.

    Learn more.

  • Petition to Support Rare Disease Treatment

    Mar 14, 2014 - Inherited retinal diseases like retinitis pigmentosa and Stargardt disease are rare diseases. Because they affect relatively small populations, the process of testing and approving drugs for rare diseases often needs to be different.  

    In Canada we don’t have a special framework to test and approve rare disease treatments, but we urgently need one. Right now, only 60% of treatments for rare disorders make it into Canada and most are approved much later than in the USA and Europe, where such frameworks exists. Few trials for rare diseases happen in Canada. A commitment to a Canadian framework was announced by Canada’s Health Minister in 2012, and our regulatory agency has drafted it, but it has still not been published or approved.

    Please sign this petition today, urging Canadian approval of an orphan drug framework!

  • New Compound May be the Basis of a Promising Drug to Reverse Retinal Blindness

    Feb 21, 2014 - California researchers invent a new "photoswitch," which may give light-sensing capacity to retinal nerve cells potentially restoring vision to people with advanced retinal degenerative diseases.

    Learn more about photoswitch compounds

  • Dr. Bill Stell Reflects on the Foundation History of Sight-Saving Research

    Feb 10, 2014 - For nearly 30 years, Dr. Bill Stell has volunteered his time and scientific expertise to help the Foundation Fighting Blindness select and fund scientific projects with the power to make a difference. We talked to him about how the science has changed over the past 40 years, and why he continues to be a passionate advocate for the Foundation.

    Read our interview with Dr. Stell.

  • Shorcan Brokers Ltd. donates over $10,000 to help vision research

    Feb 11, 2013 - The 16th annual Shorcan Brokers Ltd. Charity Day raised a total of $10,827 for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. This is the 6th year Shorcan, TMX Group's fixed income interdealer brokerage, has supported the Foundation, bringing their total contribution to $61,362!

    The unique one-day event contributed proceeds from the day's trading to select charities, among them the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

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  • Testing the Safety of Induced Stem Cell Therapies

    Feb 5, 2014 - Cells derived from induced pluipotent stem cells will soon be used in a clinical trial for dry age-related macular degeneration and may be used for other conditions as well. How are scientists addressing concerns about the potential cancer risk?

    Learn more

  • Forty years ago, Jay and Malca Marin applied to become a registered charity to fight blindness

    Jan 20, 2014 - Forty years ago, Jay and Malca Marin applied to become a registered charity to fight blindness – and were rejected. But they didn’t give up. Instead, they dedicated their lives to creating the Foundation Fighting Blindness (then RP Foundation). Today, it’s Canada’s leading charity funding sight-saving research.

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  • First gene therapy results for choroideremia suggest cautious optimism

    Jan 16, 2014 - Results of the first six patients treated in the British gene therapy trial for choroideremia were released today. While many questions remain unanswered, the two most visually impaired participants experienced significant vision improvements. Canadian investigators at the University of Alberta will be able to build on these results, as the treatment of trial participants there will begin later this year.

    Learn more about these findings.

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