Chicago, IL

Message from the President:

Dear Friends of the Chicago Chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness:

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in our chapter. We formed this chapter over 10 years ago in support of the Foundation’s initiatives to increase public awareness in our communities, lead fundraising efforts to help fund research, and to provide information to those affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, Stargardt disease and all other retinal degenerative diseases.

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Chapter Presentations and Events:

Learn More About Genetic Testing
Have you always wanted to know more about genetic testing? Then plan on attending this presentation to learn more about genetic mutations, including those causing inherited retinal degenerations. A representative with Spark Therapeutics will share information about the new ID YOUR IRD gene testing initiative from Spark Therapeutics.
We’ll also be previewing our 13th Annual Chicago Visionwalk to be held in June 2018 so being your suggestions on how we can make this our best VisionWalk ever!

Sunday, November 12, 2017
Registration 1:00 pm with Program 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Alexian Brothers Medical Center
Kennedy Conference Center
800 Biesterfield Road
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Please let us know you plan to attend and RSVP by November 10th to:
Mary Ann Subleski
Phone: (847) 680-0100

This presentation is brought to you by The Chatlos Foundation Public Health Education Program of the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

VisionWalk Update:

VisionWalk is a fun, family-friendly walk taking place in your local community! Money raised through VisionWalk supports the important research funded by the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Join people just like you who are committed to changing the future for their friends and family members affected with retinal degenerative diseases! For more information go to

Featured Volunteer:


Amy Hayes joined the Foundation in November 2011 after finding out her 11-year-old son, Nathan, was diagnosed with a severe early onset of Retinitis Pigmentosa. After reaching out to the Foundation and learning about the Chicago VisionWalk, Amy created and registered her team, Team Focus, to help raise money toward FFB’s mission. Amy is also a member of the Chicago Walk Committee and attends Chapter meetings where she and her family can reach out to those affected by a retinal degenerative disease.

Contact Us:

Mary Ann Subleski
Director, Chapter Development

977 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 140
Vernon Hills, IL  60061
(847) 680-0100 Ext. 26

Tom Weber
Cell: 630-777-4866

Steve Sroka
Associate Director, Events
977 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 140
Vernon Hills, IL  60061
Office: (847) 680-0100