Philadelphia, PA

Message from the President:

Hello! My name is Heather Napolitano. When I began losing my vision, my husband and I were scared and searching everywhere for answers. The sense of community and support we felt upon finding the FFB was indescribable. They lifted our hopes and instilled a fight within us to find a cure.

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Chapter Presentation and Events

Chapter Presentation: What’s Ahead for Retinal Degeneration Treatments
Monday, April 23, 2018
5:30 p.m. Registration
6:00-8:00 p.m. Program

Please join us for refreshments and get ready to hear from two unique speakers: Tomas S. Aleman, MD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Scheie Eye Institute, and David McCullough, Patient Access Liaison, Spark Therapeutics. Dr. Aleman will present on “Prospects of Therapies for Retinal Degenerations,” and David McCullough will provide an overview of Spark Therapeutics.

Kozart Auditorium Scheie Eye Institute at Penn-Presbyterian Medical Center
51 North 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

In addition to our informative program, we’ll be celebrating the successes of the 2017 Philadelphia VisionWalk and starting discussion of our 2018 VisionWalk event.

RSVP by April 18 to Olivia Niemeyer
or (212) 244-1470

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

1st Annual Philadelphia VisionFest

Run by the Foundation’s Philadelphia-area volunteers, this inaugural event is designed to raise awareness of and funds for the Foundation’s urgent mission: to drive the research to find preventions, treatments and cures for retinal degenerative diseases. Join your local Philadelphia Chapter at Ridgeland Mansion for good food, fun, beer & wine tastings, a sweepstakes and much more!

Date: Sunday, June 10, 2018
Time: 1:00-4:00pm
City: Philadelphia, PA
Venue: The Ridgeland Mansion at Fairmount Park

Visit to purchase your tickets today!

VisionWalk Update

Join the Philadelphia Chapter at the 12th Annual Philadelphia VisionWalk on Saturday, October 6th at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, PA! VisionWalk is a fun, family-friendly 5K walkathon to raise awareness and funds for the work and mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

Help us drive the research to find preventions, treatment, and cures for the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases by signing up your VisionWalk today on the Philadelphia VisionWalk page.

For more information, please contact Katie Van Benschoten at (212) 244-1470 or

Contact Us:

Mary Ann Subleski
Director, Chapter Development
(847) 680-0100  ext. 26- office