Chicago Chapter

Contact Info

Allie Sarwark, Manager, Chapter Engagement


We are actively recruiting leadership in the Chicago chapter! For more information, please reach out to Allie Sarwark at

The Strength of the Foundation is Through Our Communities

The Foundation Fighting Blindness Chapter network brings people together across the country to join in fighting blinding retinal diseases. Our family of volunteers and leaders stand up for those impacted by blinding diseases. From day one, they share the latest research and advancements, and provide access to local resources to guide individuals through their personal journey. And together, they celebrate the Foundation’s mission.

We are winning thanks to the dedication of our Chapters focusing on three key areas: education, resources, and revenue. Through informative sessions, Foundation staff, community, and national experts provide research information, low vision resources, and outreach to our local retinal specialists and eye care professionals. To continue accelerating our mission, each community is invited to be a stakeholder by participating in our fundraising events.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness Chapter Vision

Our vision is to bring a community together to end blinding diseases.

Chicago Chapter Leadership

Name Role
Ana Leffel Resource Chair
Jeanne Martin Education Chair
Doug Hemminger Accessibility, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Chair 

Foundation Contact

Allie Sarwark

Manager, Chapter Engagement

+1 (847) 680-1096

Chapter Events

  • 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.

  • Apr 1, 2023 CDT

    Visions Ball

    Honoring David Brint & Ira Schulman at the Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, on April 1st, 2023.


Chicago Chapter Speaker Series - 05.07.2022

This presentation features a panel of experts from the Chicago Lighthouse and our leadership team on a local level.

Additional Resources

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