Baltimore, MD

President's Message
Mindy Kaplan


Thank you for your interest in the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ (FFB) Baltimore chapter. Our chapter is one of over 40 Foundation chapters nationwide. Through the chapter we offer not only the education and support to help you as an affected person or the loved one of someone affected by inherited retinal disease, we also share the tools you’ll need to promote the FFB mission to your family, friends, businesses and the surrounding community.

The Foundation’s mission is to raise funds that drive the research to find cures, treatments, and preventions for the spectrum of inherited retinal diseases that lead to blindness. Until that exciting and celebratory day when we find a cure for these sight stealing conditions there is much we can do to support those affected by vision loss and to advance the science.

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VisionWalk Update

Are you ready for this year’s 12th Annual Celebration? Save the date for Sunday, June 2, 2019, and make sure your walking shoes are tied tight! We can’t wait for you to join us at Latrobe Park for an event you’ll never forget! Please visit for more information and to register your team.

Chapter Events & Presentations

3/30 - Shiloh Lions Club Hoops for Sight

It's not March without a basketball tournament of our own, right? Join the Shiloh Lions Club from York, PA for their annual free throw competition in support of the Baltimore VisionWalk and children in the blind/low-vision community! Children (-18) will compete against their respective age groups for the chance to win gift card prizes. Don't worry, parents, you'll have the opportunity to shoot your shot too!

Participants are encouraged to submit pledges/donations, but entry into the competition is free of charge. All proceeds will benefit the 2019 Baltimore VisionWalk.

• Location: Church of the Open Door (8 Carlisle Court, York, PA 17408).
• Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019.
• Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm.
• RSVPs: Send to

3/31 - VisionWalk Kickoff
The Baltimore Chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) invites you to officially launch VisionWalk season with them this March! Come ready for a delicious lunch, an informative presentation from a guest speaker, and enough fun for the whole family at Main Event Columbia! Your FFB team will be on-hand to discuss the exciting changes going on at the Foundation and what they mean for you. Admission to the kickoff is free of charge.

11:15 AM Registration
11:30 PM-1:30 PM Program
1:30 PM Lunch & Bowling

5/16 - Wine & Dine for Sight

Elegance abound! Presented by the Baltimore Chapter of FFB, Wine & Dine for Sight is an exclusive cocktail party and a one-of-a-kind fundraiser to benefit your efforts to save sight! A stirring keynote speech will be delivered by Johns Hopkins University's Donald Zack, M.D., PhD., and visionary ophthalmologist Robert W. Massof, PhD. will serve as honorary chairman. Attendees will also have the opportunity to bid on a myriad of select items during our silent auction.

Tickets are $100 per person. Proceeds will benefit the 2019 Baltimore VisionWalk.

• Location: Linwoods Restaurant (25 Crossroads Drive, Owings Mills, MD 21117).
• Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019.
• Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm.
• RSVPs: Send to

Video Links

Watch: Dealing with the Diagnosis - Mom's Perspective
Watch: My RP Retinitis Pigmentosa v2

Tech Talk

Amazon Smile

Get online and type in AMAZONSMILE.COM to shop and raise funds for FFB! Amazon has a program that enables you to shop and donate 0.5% percent of your purchase to your favorite organization. All you need to do is go to and set up your account with the organization you would like to support. Then you can donate your shopping to the FFB, on the screen where it says other organizations, type in Foundation Fighting Blindness and hit the SEARCH button. Then a list of organizations will pop up, make sure it is the one that on the right hand side of the screen reads, Columbia, Maryland, founded 1971. Then go to the right hit the button, and you are now registered to shop and donate to FFB! 

Contact Us

Get involved and make a difference to a loved one or friend.  Become a member of the Baltimore Chapter. Help us to educate, raise awareness and aid in raising funds for research. Get involved! Contact Baltimore Chapter.

Mindy Caplan
Chapter President

Kelsey Miller
Event Manager
(410) 423-0645

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