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If you are an AmazonSmile customer, you can now support the Foundation Fighting Blindness in the Amazon shopping app on your Android device! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.
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- View Settings and select AmazonSmile.
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eBay for Charity is the eBay program where buyers and sells can raise funds for the causes that are important to them. Sellers commit to donate a percentage of their listing’s final sale price to the nonprofit of their choice and buyers make a difference with every purchase. Make sure to mark Foundation Fighting Blindness as your favorite charity on eBay which increases our exposure and helps us raise more donations.
Bradford and Bryan Manning are two brothers on a mission to cure blindness. At a young age, the brothers were both diagnosed with Stargardt disease – an eye disease that destroys central vision over time. To fight back, they left their former careers in finance to propel a small charitable clothing company, Two Blind Brothers, into one of the fastest growing charitable clothing brands in the country.
Two Blind Brothers donates 100% of its profits to researchers and the Foundation Fighting Blindness to find cures for blindness. The funds from two blind brothers are driving life-changing treatments that are already being used in patients such as the “Voretigene Neparvovec” treatment, a gene therapy developed by Spark Therapeutics.
We are pleased to announce that our very own Ben Shaberman has a new book out titled Retina Boy. Published October 1 by Loyola University Maryland, it is a YA, sci-fi adventure about a boy born without retinas. The book was inspired by the families, especially kids, who deal with vision loss from retinal disease so positively and courageously. Retinal researchers are highlighted, as well.
For Blindness Awareness Month (October), Ben is donating all of his proceeds from the book to the Foundation.
Here is a short description of the plot:
"Researchers were mystified by the boy from Des Moines born without retinas. Strangers and friends were mesmerized by his luminescent, aquamarine eyes. Retina Boy grew up to be a carefree teenager. He played amazing lead guitar in an awesome, classic rock cover band. His girlfriend, Marcy, though unable to walk, was the smartest kid in their school. They were a perfect pair—she was his eyes and he was her legs. Never did Retina Boy imagine he was from another planet, and that he and Marcy would be called upon to save the Earth and an alien world of blind inhabitants on the brink of environmental collapse."
What readers are saying about Retina Boy:
“Retina Boy is a great read! It’s a fast-paced story which brings elements of science fiction and science fact to a fun and satisfying conclusion. The fact that it covers up-to-date human genetics (and bands and music) is a bonus enriching the story. ”
— Dr. Stephen Daiger, Director of the Laboratory for Molecular Diagnosis of Inherited Eye Diseases at The University of Texas
“This interplanetary tale, rooted in the author’s real world experience with the Foundation Fighting Blindness, is a reminder to all of us that physical disabilities do not prevent us from leading extraordinary lives. Retina Boy is a fun read for people of all abilities. ”
— Dr. Shannon Boye, Associate Professor, University of Florida
Enjoy a fun and adventurous read and fight blindness!