St. Louis Business Executive Jason Morris Appointed to Foundation Fighting Blindness Board of Directors
Columbia, MD (January 3, 2018) – Jason Morris, Chief Administrative Officer at TKC Holdings, has been appointed to the Foundation Fighting Blindness Board of Directors, the Foundation announced today. The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) is the world’s leading private funder of research on preventions, treatments and cures for vision-loss caused by inherited retinal diseases.
“My family and I support the Foundation Fighting Blindness because it provides the best way for individuals to contribute to the development of treatments and cures for blinding retinal diseases,” said Morris. “FFB has combined a commitment to responsible investment with a passion for rapid progress that results in major breakthroughs on a regular basis. There will be cures for inherited retinal diseases and it will be because the FFB, and all of those who contribute to it, have made it their mission since 1971.”
Morris resides in St. Louis with his wife, Leslie, and their two children, Jack and Paige. The family have been involved in the Foundation since 2009, after learning Jack has Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). LCA is an inherited retinal degenerative disease. Morris also serves as co-chair of FFB’s St. Louis “Dining in the Dark” fundraising event and is president of the Foundation Fighting Blindness St. Louis chapter. The 2018 St. Louis dinner will be held on January 31 at the Ritz-Carlton St. Louis.
“Jason is an important addition to the Foundation’s Board of Directors,” said David Brint, the Foundation’s chairman. “The Foundation will greatly benefit from Jason’s business acumen and his passion for finding cures for inherited blindness.”
Morris was named a National Trustee of the Foundation in 2010 and was the winner of the Outstanding New Trustee Award in 2013.
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The Foundation Fighting Blindness was established in 1971. It has since raised more than $725 million for research aimed at preventing, treating and curing blindness caused by retinal degenerative diseases. In excess of 10 million Americans, and millions more worldwide, have vision loss due to retinal degeneration. Through its support of focused and innovative science, the Foundation drives the research that has and will continue to improve the lives of people affected by retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome and other inherited retinal diseases.