Western New York

President's Letter


Thank you for your interest in the Foundation Fighting Blindness and its mission to find treatments as well as preventative measures to fight degenerative retinal diseases.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness was established in 1971 and today is the world’s largest non-governmental funder of research for inherited retinal degenerative diseases.  Its success would not be possible without people like YOU who are helping to make a difference and find a cure!

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VisionWalk Update


Western New York VisionWalk Kickoff

The VisionWalk Kickoff is a great opportunity to get the tools and information you’ll need to increase your fundraising, learn about the important research your fundraising efforts make possible and meet some really fantastic people. Join us at Chef’s Restaurant in Buffalo to talk all things New York VisionWalk! Please be sure to invite your family members, friends, and colleagues interested in joining us in the fight against blindness!  

Date:  Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time:  11:00am 1:00pm
Location:  Chef’s Restaurant of Buffalo
Address: 291 Seneca Street, Buffalo, New York 14204
Kindly RSVP to oniemeyer@blindness.org or call 212-244-1470 by Friday, March 16, 2018


7th Annual Western New York VisionWalk

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Canalside – Great Lawn
www.FightBlindness.org/WesternNewYorkVisionWalk
9am Check-in Begins
10am Stage Presentation
10:15am Walk Begins

The Western New York VisionWalk is a fun, family-friendly 5K (3.1 miles) walkathon fundraiser to benefit the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Join us as we walk for cures for the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.

For more information about the VisionWalk, please contact Katie Van Benschoten, Events Director, at (212) 244-1470 or KVanBenschoten@FightBlindness.org


Chapter Presentations and Events


Western New York Chapter Presentation and VisionWalk Preview

Meet others from the retinal disease community and enjoy light refreshments and an exceptional program with guest speakers, Jane Sullivan, District Manager for the New York State Commission for the Blind and Lynnette Torgalski, Director of Western New York Independent Living. There will be a short Q & A session after the program and a 2018 Western New York VisionWalk preview.

Light Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
6:30 p.m. Registration
7:00 p.m. Program

Kenmore Library 
160 Delaware Rd
Kenmore, NY 14217

RSVP by October 27
Olivia Niemeyer
oniemeyer@blindness.org or call 212-244-1470