Arizona Chapter

Contact Info

Juliana Gaona, Chapter Engagement Manager, Southwest

chapters@fightingblindness.org

FoundationFightingBlindnessArizona

Greetings from sunny Arizona!

We are a thriving and growing chapter, dedicated to carrying on the mission of FFB and to provide community and support for individuals and families affected by inherited retinal diseases. Our annual VisionWalk is held in February and is one of the most attended across all VisionWalks. Additionally, we organize several chapter meetings a year as well a golf tournament fundraiser in May and our annual Dining in the Dark in fall. We also have other social and networking opportunities planned for the year. Please contact me for further information and if you would like to get involved with the planning.

Fai Mo, Arizona Chapter President

Arizona Chapter Leadership

Name Role
Fai Mo Chapter President
Theresa Maresco Resource Chair
Victoria Horstman Education Chair
Kerri Ringel Revenue Chair
Rhonda Carroll Accessibility, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Chair

Foundation Contact

Juliana Gaona

Chapter Engagement Manager, Southwest

Chapter Events

  • Nov 6, 2022 PDT

    Arizona Dining in the Dark

    Join the Foundation Fighting Blindness for an evening celebrating 51 years of vision-saving research and dining in the dark!

    Event
  • Nov 12, 2022 EDT

    National Chapter Vision Webinar: Emerging Therapies and Research for Inherited Retinal Diseases

    The 90-minute national webinar will feature guest presentations on emerging gene therapies from Opus, a potential anti-oxidative treatment from Nacuity, and a promising cell-based treatment from OkuloVision. The panel will answer questions from the audience on a wide range of research, clinical, and therapy development topics.

    Event

Past Webinars and Speaker Events

  • November 6, 2021 Speaker Series

    The Arizona Chapter Speaker Series featured Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Independent Living Blind/Older Individuals who are Blind (OIB), Talking Book Library and VRATE Conference.

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  • National Chapter Vision Webinar: Nourishing Better Vision

    Paul Bernstein, MD, PhD, Val A. and Edith D. Green Presidential Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Moran Eye Center, University of Utah.

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  • May 17, 2022 Speaker Series

    This presentation covers the topic of assistive technology. Our guest speaker, Spencer Peterson, VIST Coordinator, Northern AZ VA, talks through the latest and most effective technology to assist with everyday life.

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Arizona Art in the Dark

Art in the Dark is a powerful artistic experience, inviting you into a world of sensitivity you may never have experienced, leading you through a unique journey in the dark. Guests are encouraged to create a mixed media mosaic while blindfolded to experience vision loss firsthand. The evening’s proceeds support research into gene, stem cell, and pharmaceutical-based therapies for blinding retinal degenerative diseases, including macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa, which affect more than 10 million Americans.

Additional Resources

  • Find a Doctor Who Sees Patients with Inherited Retinal Diseases
  • Learn more about Raising our Sights Do-It-Yourself Events