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Call to Action: Ask Congress to Support $1 Billion in Eye Research

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An important bill has been introduced to the US House of Representatives that has the potential to greatly increase research funding for all blinding eye conditions, including retinal diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa, Leber congenital amaurosis, Usher syndrome, and age-related macular degeneration.

We at FFB are asking you to write or call your Member of the House of Representatives to ask them to support H.R. 6421, the Faster Treatments and Cures for Eye Diseases Act.  Co-sponsors of the bill include: Pete Sessions (TX), Sanford Bishop (GA), Fred Upton (MI), and Gus Bilirakis (FL).

Visit Find Your Representative to get information for reaching your House Member.

This legislation, which has bipartisan support, would significantly increase funding for the translational biomedical research that will speed development of treatments and cures for all eye conditions, including inherited retinal diseases, from the lab out to the people and families who desperately need them.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness has been a driving force for this critical legislation, and your support now can make it become a reality.

H.R. 6421 creates new financial instruments called Eye-Bonds which will create $1 billion of new funding specifically designated for treatments and cures for all causes of blindness and severe vision loss.  These funds would be backed by a limited federal guarantee.  Given current federal deficits, this guarantee has been carefully constructed to ensure that it works for all of us and should have no material impact on the deficit.

See FFB’s press release for more details on the bill.

With your help, we can get these projects the funding they need to advance them towards becoming treatments and cures.  Please reach out to your House Member today and ask him or her to support H.R. 6421, the Faster Treatments and Cures for Eye Diseases Act.

Again, visit Find Your Representative to get information for reaching your House Member

Thanks for supporting this vision-saving legislation!

18 Responses to 'Call to Action: Ask Congress to Support $1 Billion in Eye Research'

  1. Steve says:

    Please support this fund request. God bless Anerica.

  2. Tom Lawson says:

    This needs to be passed and then other nations can follow suit

  3. Vaughn Brown says:

    This will help with therapy and other treatment. I, myself, have RP.

  4. Erica says:

    Please support eye research.

    • Dora says:

      Please support this eye research my grandson has RP he is 26 and it is just heartbreaking to watch him slowly going blind – Our prayers are with these individuals of all ages that have RP

  5. Michael Perlmutter says:

    This is critical research!. Please support!

  6. Mary Gillis says:

    Rep. Buddy Cater, please support H. R. 6412, the Faster Treatments and Cures
    For Eyes Disease Act.

  7. Carol Horan says:

    I just called Representative Debbie Lesko’s office to ask for her support of bipartisan H.R. 6421. This bill would help us dramatically increase the $ we need for research into eye /retinal disease.

  8. Sheri LEach says:

    Brian Higgins, Please pass this Bill . I have 2 children who are affected by Stargardt Disease that is taking away their central vision..We need all the support we can get..Sincerely Sheri Leach

  9. Kathleen Kalisak says:

    I have just e-mailed Chellie Pingree who is the congresswoman of Maine, and I have asked her to consider approving this important bill. I currently have Glaucoma, and am sick and tired of having to put in multiple eye drops EVERY SINGLE DAY! I keep reading about all this research for Gene Therapy related to other eye diseases but yet fail to find something for Glaucoma. So I’m hoping that this bill gets the approval it needs and that the funding goes towards finding something beneficial and helping some of us in the near future.

  10. Alyssa says:

    Please support this bill. If affects millions and millions of people , adults and children

  11. Pradeep kumar Kumar says:

    This is very important and necessary

  12. Karen Kroll says:

    Representative Ray LaHood please support bill H. R. 6412, the Faster Treatments and Cures For Eyes Disease Act. This bill would help greatly for the research into eye/retinal diseases and give hope to so many people that someday a cure for these diseases may be in reach.

  13. cindy mays says:

    Please support! So Important!

  14. Julian says:

    This bill needs to pass

  15. Jenny Schisler says:

    I sent an email to my State Representative this morning! This work and bill is critical! Thank you FFB for your invaluable work and support. 🙂

  16. Jeanette says:

    I wrote to my representative, and sent the information to my family! Let’s get this bill passed!

  17. Steve newsome says:

    I contacted my congressman personally to lobby for this legislation. Currently only 6 congressmen are backing the legislation

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