Twin Cities (Minnesota) Chapter

Contact Info

Andrea Harper, Chapter Engagement Manager - Midwest

chapters@fightingblindness.org

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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.

Twin Cities (Minnesota) Chapter Leadership

Name Role
Alyssa Olson Chapter President
Judy and Tom Messina Resource Co-Chairs
Jason Stonestreet Education Chair
Seth Larson Revenue Chair

Foundation Contact

Andrea Harper

Chapter Engagement Manager - Midwest

Chapter Events

  • Oct 22, 2022 CDT

    Twin Cities (Minnesota) Chapter Speaker Series

    Join the Foundation Fighting Blindness to learn more about the Twin Cities Chapter, learn about programs and services from Vision Loss Resources, and be part of an interactive, uplifting presentation from Dr. Ann Wagner and Eric Ringham.

    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

Twin Cities Speaker Series - May 14, 2022

Our spring 2022 Speaker Series hosted by the Twin Cities Chapter features some updates from Foundation staff, introductions from the new Chapter Leadership Team, and an informative presentation from Dr. Brittni Scruggs from Mayo Clinic to talk about gene therapy and cell replacement strategies for IRDs.

Additional Resources

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