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Solving the Funding Challenge of Clinical Research Rachael Gordon enjoys the bounce house at the 2010 Baltimore VisionWalk

The Foundation has entered the most exciting time in its 40-year history. Not only are more clinical trials underway than ever before, many more are imminent or slated to begin in the coming months. Most important, for the first time we are preserving and restoring vision for people in these studies. We are fulfilling our mission like never before.

While hope and promise are at an all-time high, so are the Foundation's funding needs. That's because clinical trials are exponentially more costly than laboratory studies. A single clinical trial typically costs at least $40 million - many human studies cost $100 million or more.

We fund the brightest and most innovative retinal researchers in the world and they now have vision-saving preventions, treatments, and cures in their sights. But they can't move forward into the clinic without the passion and dedication of the Foundation's supporters.

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More than 10 million Americans, and millions more around the world, are losing their vision to retinal diseases such as macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, Stargardt disease and Usher syndrome, and the future of their eyesight depends on the Foundation's ability to accelerate the advancement of clinical research. The Foundation Fighting Blindness provides a number of ways to support critical retinal research including:


Cash gifts are a great way to advance the Foundation's mission. Donate online quickly and securely at www.FightBlindness.org or call 800-683-5555. The Foundation also welcomes gifts of stock and would be pleased to discuss other gifts such as personal property and real estate. Checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 17279, Baltimore, MD 21203-7279. Gifts can also be made in tribute to friends and loved ones.

Planned Giving

Planned giving is an important way for you to financially plan today to make a substantial gift to the Foundation, either now or in the future. Typical planned gifts include bequests, trusts, and gift annuities. To receive information about any of our planned giving programs, call 800-683-5555.


Every year, thousands of people participate in fundraising events benefitting the Foundation including VisionWalk, Visionary Awards Dinners, golf tournaments, wine tastings and other local fundraising activities. Find events in your area by visiting www.FightBlindness.org.

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An individual's talents and professional associations can be enormously beneficial to the Foundations' in both leadership and supporting roles. To learn more about volunteer opportunities through our national network of chapters, call 800-683-5555.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is approved by the Office of Personnel Management for participation in the Combined Federal Campaign (#11721).

Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Thank you for your support.

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