Northern Virginia

Message from the President

Davida Luehrs, Northern Virginia Chapter PresidentWelcome!

Our chapter is one of many across the country that works very hard to help people affected by retinal degenerative diseases stay current on the latest research and developments for retinal degenerative diseases. As a chapter, we provide a sense of community, hope and action toward finding treatments, preventions and cures!

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Chapter Presentations & Events

2/10 – Chapter Social
Join Chapter Leaders Jim & Davida Luehrs at their home for their annual NoVA Chapter Potluck Dinner!

Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Location: The Luehrs’
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Please RSVP to or call 703-742-8043 by February 9 and include what dish you will bring. Davida will pass along directions to her home. Appetizers, main dishes, side dish, vegetarian dish, vegetables, green or fruit salads, and desserts are encouraged. Assume serving sizes for eight people.

Jim and Davida will provide a soda, coffee, tea, beer and wine. Inclement weather date if necessary: Saturday, February 25.


3/10 – VisionWalk Kickoff
A true kickoff isn’t complete without a little football, right? Join us this upcoming March and jump into VisionWalk season! A brief VisionWalk introduction will followed by a stirring presentation from guest speaker and retinal scientist, Dr. Wai Wong from the National Eye Institute. Dr. Wong’s expertise and unique perspective on the study and practice of ophthalmology will captivate the audience – questions are encouraged. Come ready with an empty stomach!

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Location: Theismann’s Restaurant (1800 Diagonal Road, Alexandria)
Registration starts: 11:00am
Program starts: 11:30am

Click HERE to complete our RSVP form.

Or send your RSVPs to Connor Archibald at or (410) 423-0618. We will send you everything you need. See you there!

VisionWalk Update

Our Northern Virginia VisionWalk took place Sunday, May 7th and was a great success! We had sunny skies, smiling faces, and over 250 people in attendance at Cameron Run Regional Park.

Together we raised over $121,000 for retinal disease research! Check out the full album on our Facebook page HERE.

Save the date for the 13th Annual Northern Virginia 5K VisionWalk on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at Cameron Run Regional Park. Register or donate by visiting the Northern Virginia VisionWalk page. We hope you can join us in making this year our most successful one yet!

Featured Volunteer

sue_healey_photoA Commitment to Everyone’s Vision

For Sue Downes and the team of eye care professionals at My Eye Dr., supporting the Foundation’s VisionWalk program in Northern Virginia was a completely natural thing to do. The full-service eye care company prides itself in not only delivering high quality products and services, but also serving as many people in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C., community as possible. Raising money for the Foundation Fighting Blindness was a great way to support people with retinal degenerative diseases who are counting on innovative research to save their vision.

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2016 Member Excellence Award Winner  

Volunteer of the Year – Mid-Atlantic Region - Carol O'Donnell Khalsa

Contact Us

Mary Ann Subleski
Director of Chapter Development

Davida Luehrs

Kelsey Miller, Events Director
1-800-683-5555 or

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