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October Is: SAVE YOUR VISION MONTH

Meet Mrs. World

April waves on stage after being crowned Mrs. WorldThrough this page and the Foundation’s social media channels, you’ll have behind-the-scenes access to Mrs. World’s travels throughout Save Your Vision Month, as she shares her unique experiences along the way. 

Meet the Face of Save Your Vision Month: Mrs. World April Lufriu Bio

As former Mrs. America 2011 and the reigning Mrs. World, April Lufriu is driven by one very important, personal mission: to save her children’s sight by raising awareness about vision-robbing retinal degenerative diseases and advancing research toward treatments and cures.

When April and her two children were diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a progressive, genetic eye disease that can lead to blindness, she decided to thrust herself back into the world of pageantry at age 41, determined to make a difference on the national stage. She had competed in pageants in her early 20s and done well—winning first runner-up for Miss Florida USA—but shocked herself by earning the Mrs. America and Mrs. World titles in 2011.  

Prior to her recent pageant wins, April had already taken impressive action by forming the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ Tampa Bay Chapter, chairing her local 5K VisionWalk, and working tirelessly to boost awareness and raise funds for research in her hometown of Tampa. Now as a national spokeswoman for the Foundation Fighting Blindness and the face of Save Your Vision Month, she travels around the country to share her story and connect with others experiencing similar challenges, with a very powerful message—that a cure is in sight.  

Mrs. World with her Mrs. America Sash and crown pictured with her two childrenThe passionate wife and mother also runs a successful business with her husband and models, on top of volunteering her time to advocate for the visually impaired.

Sight-saving breakthroughs such as gene therapy clinical trials that have restored significant vision in patients give her hope for a brighter future—not only for her children, but for the more than 10 million Americans affected with retinal diseases.

 

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