South Carolina Chapter

Kelly Spears, Chapter Vice-President, and Kelly Lucas, Chapter President
Kelly Spears, Chapter Vice-President, and Kelly Lucas, Chapter President

Welcome to the South Carolina Chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness!  Our Chapter is located in Columbia, and we have been working very hard to extend our reach beyond the Midlands to include the Upstate, Pee Dee, and the Low Country Regions of this state.

Our goal is to plan meetings for our members that are beneficial to all in terms of education, research updates, and support for those who are living with retinal diseases as well as for parents with children who have retinal diseases.

The South Carolina Chapter is one of many Chapters across the country that works very hard to help keep our members current on the latest retinal research and developments.  We also learn about support services, assistive technology resources, and other opportunities that are available around the state. 

We look forward to the continued growth of our Chapter so that we may raise awareness about blinding retinal diseases and the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ Mission to drive research that will provide treatments, preventions, and cures for the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.  We share the vision of David Brint, Chairman of Foundation Fighting Blindness:  We will end Blindness!

Together we work to help support research funded by the Foundation Fighting Blindness through grass root fundraising and awareness raising events.  We want to make sure that as many people as possible in our community and surrounding areas know about our Chapter and the Foundation Fighting Blindness.  We want to help others realize that there is hope for a future with sight.

We hope you are encouraged to join us in our fight to end blindness.  Your thoughts on program content, meeting dates and times, networking interests, and ideas for fundraising events are very important to us.  We’d love to hear from you, and we welcome your participation in the South Carolina Chapter!

There are other leadership opportunities available and we would be honored to work with you on building awareness in South Carolina.  Contact Lesley Ireland at 919-781-8014 or LIreland@FightBlindness.org for questions or more information.

Kelly & Kelly


Chapter Presentations and Events


The South Carolina Chapter hosted the first ever “Eye on the Cure” Golf Tournament on September 21st. The event was a huge success raising over $21,000 for crucial, sight-saving research! Golden Hills Golf Club welcomed 96 golfers and countless dedicated volunteers for a fun filled day. 

Thank you to our chapter leaders, volunteers, sponsors and golfers for making this event a huge success! 


South Carolina Chapter
ASK THE EXPERT EVENT


Saturday, September 30, 2017
10:30 a.m. Registration
11:00 a.m. Program

Lizard’s Thicket Restaurant
7569 Saint Andrews Road
Irmo, SC 29063

RSVP by September 25
Lesley Ireland
LIreland@FightBlindness.org or 919-781-8014

Tap into Ben Shaberman’s Expertise in Degenerative Retinal Diseases

Meet others from the retinal disease community and enjoy light refreshments and an exceptional program and Q&A session by the Foundation’s Director of Science Communications, Ben Shaberman. Ben’s presentation will cover age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, Stargardt disease, Usher syndrome, and other retinal degenerative diseases. He will also discuss current and emerging therapies to save and restore vision.

Enhancing Ben’s presentation will be a Patient Ambassador, a special guest who will speak from a personal perspective on disease progression and maintaining eye health.

We encourage you to order and enjoy lunch during the presentation, however please note, meals will not be provided as part of the meeting. Please visit www.LizardsThicket.comfor a full menu.


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