Inspirational Voices from the Fighting Blindness Community

Being diagnosed with anything can be hard, and you certainly will go through a range of emotions. You are not alone. Many have been in your shoes and have dealt with their diagnosis in different ways. Some feel a sense of relief when they can share their stories with others who are going through a similar situation.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is a beacon for those affected by blinding retinal diseases. With our Beacon Stories, we share individual’s journeys with their disease and how their drive fuels them to pursue their passions. Not only do we find their stories aspirational, we believe these individuals are true beacons of strength, champions of courage, and advocates for hope. We hope these stories provide you with light that will get you through the darkness. Collectively, we are stronger together – as a community.

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Beacon Stories

  • Jan 10, 2022 Beacon Stories

    Ambitious Entrepreneur Won’t Let Stargardt Stop Her

    Beverley is a go-getter who does not let her Stargardt disease get in the way of living her life to the fullest. When Beverley isn’t hard at work as an entrepreneur, she enjoys spending time with friends, her dog, Loki, and is also an active leader of the Foundation’s Boston Chapter.

  • Dec 13, 2021 Beacon Stories

    Reaching for the Stars

    At only three months old, Brendon was diagnosed with x-linked juvenile retinoschisis (XLRS). But with several other family members also with XLRS, Brendon knew he could still follow his passions for science and space. Now 22, Brendon is an Aerospace Engineer, starting a PhD program at UCF, and was recently awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship.

  • Nov 15, 2021 Beacon Stories

    Livie’s “New Eyes”

    At the age of five, Livie was diagnosed with LCA but her doctor immediately told her parents that clinical trials were underway and that Livie could soon be eligible for treatment. Not long after, they got a phone call from Spark Therapeutics and Livie received LUXTURNA®. Now eight, Livie’s confidence is at an all-time high with her “new eyes.”

  • Oct 25, 2021 Beacon Stories

    Seeing Research Advances Firsthand

    Mark does not let his retinitis pigmentosa diagnosis keep him from doing what he loves most, including spending quality time with his family. And in 2019, Mark began participating in a clinical trial, which he describes as life-changing.

  • Oct 15, 2021 Beacon Stories

    Learning to Fall After Vision Loss

    When Justin’s vision loss progressed quickly due to retinitis pigmentosa at 25 years old, he thought skateboarding wouldn’t be possible anymore. Ten years later, with the help of his white cane and audio devices, Justin is now working to enhance accessibility in skateboarding for the blind and visually impaired community.

  • Sep 27, 2021 Beacon Stories

    Geo, a Four-Legged Wonder

    Michael was matched with his first guide dog, Geo, a yellow Labrador retriever, in March 2020, two years after he applied with Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Michael and Geo now have a relationship unlike any other.

  • Sep 13, 2021 Beacon Stories

    Telling His Story of Resilience

    Chad has been working in the corporate world for the last 20 years. But after becoming the first blind executive to graduate from the Harvard Business School leadership program, he realized his purpose in life is to help others by sharing the lessons he learned while losing his eyesight. He can now add published author to his repertoire with his new book, Blind Ambition.

  • Aug 23, 2021 Beacon Stories

    The Beauty in Embracing Yourself

    Award-nominated recording artist Lachi has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry with millions of streams on her music. But with all her many amazing musical accomplishments, it wasn’t until a few years ago that she fully embraced herself as a legally blind artist who identifies with the disability community as closely as she does with music.

  • Aug 9, 2021 Beacon Stories

    “Music Is My Vision”

    Sirine’s passion in life is music. To help cope with her vision loss, Sirine has turned to singing and songwriting as an outlet to express herself, which won over the hearts of the judges and fans of Britain’s Got Talent.