When the words “annual report” are mentioned, visions of charts, graphs and numbers usually pop into one’s head. While the Foundation’s 2013 annual report includes numbers, it mostly features examples of the report’s theme, “Momentum,” a word that aptly describes our progress in the fight against vision-robbing retinal diseases. With that in mind, I invite you to check out the online version of the report.
A few highlights, if you’ll permit me:
“Beating the Curve,” the report’s research story, focuses on stem-cell research, which has advanced by leaps and bounds recently, and shares the expertise of FFB-funded researcher David Gamm. Dr. Gamm’s latest project is encouraging and ambitious – a “retinal patch” designed to treat not just one, but many retinal diseases. And a video featuring Drs. Gamm and Thomas Reh describing advances in stem-cell research is worth viewing.
“It’s Never Too Late” focuses on Martha Steele, a Boston-based Foundation leader who, despite having Usher syndrome — which affects both vision and hearing — is stepping up awareness- and fundraising efforts in her region. In the accompanying video, the full-time scientist explains why she’s dedicated so many of her off hours to our mission.
“Momentous Milestones in 2013” is just that, a list of (yes) 13 milestones from the past year, ranging from FDA approval of a “bionic retina” to our signature 5K fundraiser, VisionWalk, reaching the $28 million mark.
There is, of course, a lot more in our report, so I encourage you to flip through its pages and discover how FFB’s momentum is moving us closer to eradicating retinal diseases.