Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Chapter Welcome Letter

presidenttsmith Dear Friends of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness:

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in our chapter. In an effort to build on the great successes of the VisionWalk fundraiser over the past several years, this chapter was formed 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.

Many generous and devoted volunteers and sponsors have selflessly contributed time, effort and services in support of our VisionWalk events and informational programs. It is this type of resolve that has inspired us to strengthen our chapter in the hopes of increasing community outreach and providing an improved network of support for affected individuals and their families.

Many of us involved in the chapter have a vested interest, because retinal degenerative diseases have touched our lives personally or those of family members or friends. For me, my father’s side of the family has been profoundly affected by RP, myself included. I’ve watched the disease progress in my father since my childhood - he’s now nearly 90 years old and completely blind. He knows, as do I, that with the research being done with the help of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, a cure truly is in sight. It is no longer a question of if, but rather, when.

Along with the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky VisionWalk, we hope to begin other events and outreach programs as well. While we are only in the planning stages, we will be announcing upcoming programs with guest speakers addressing, among other things, current research findings, treatments and clinical trials. These events are free, and we encourage family members and friends to join us.

I encourage you to become involved as a volunteer of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Chapter. The greater our volunteer efforts, the more successful and relevant our chapter will be. Please help us help others understand the importance of the Foundation’s many initiatives so that we can contribute collectively to a cure for retinal degenerative diseases.


Tim Smith
Chapter President
(513) 697-7584