30th An­niver­sary of NL Ride for Sight

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The 30th an­niver­sary Ride for Sight New­found­land and Labrador raised over $150,000 for the Foun­da­tion Fight­ing Blind­ness and sight sav­ing re­search.

Some of those funds are re­turn­ing to the prov­ince with Dr. Robert Gen­dron of Memo­rial Univer­sity re­cently awarded a re­search grant to help his team study the un­der­ly­ing causes of age-re­lated mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion (AMD) – a dis­ease af­fect­ing over one mil­lion Cana­di­ans.

Dr. Gen­dron is one of seven re­searchers across the coun­try who ob­tained fund­ing from the Foun­da­tion Fight­ing Blind­ness in 2012 through grants made pos­si­ble in part by Ride for Sight.

Sept. 29, Dr. Gen­dron will be joined by more of the coun­try’s top reti­nal sci­en­tists in St. John’s for ‘ Vi­sion Quest’ – the Foun­da­tion Fight­ing Blind­ness’ an­nual pa­tient con­fer­ence. At Vi­sion Quest peo­ple and fam­i­lies af­fected by vi­sion loss will learn di­rectly from the ex­perts about the lat­est in sight- sav­ing re­search and the fu­ture of treat­ments and cures.

Ride for Sight Di­rec­tor Deb­bie Dixon said “For 30 years, New­found­land mo­tor­cy­clists have been ded­i­cated to the fight against blind­ness. The Ride for Sight 2012 event marked an in­cred­i­ble mile­stone for our riders and for in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies liv­ing with vi­sion loss.

“We couldn’t have done it with­out the gen­er­ous sup­port of our spon­sors, riders, donors, vol­un­teers, our tire­less plan­ning com­mit­tee, and the Town of Gan­der and we’re thrilled that those dol­lars are com­ing back to the is­land.”

Spe­cial celebrity guest for this year’s ride June 24 week­end, Jim Caruk of HGTV’s Builder Boss, said “This was my first time at Ride for Sight in New­found­land and it was un­for­get­table. The week­end was jam-packed, and I en­joyed shar­ing road sto­ries with folks who have made Ride for Sight a yearly tradition for three decades.”

Ride for Sight will re­turn to Gan­der in 2013. To get in­volved visit ‘www.ride­for­sight.com’, and email ‘ddixon@ffb.ca’ for more de­tails.

The Foun­da­tion Fight­ing Blind­ness is Canada’s largest char­ity for sight sav­ing re­search. It has con­trib­uted over $20 mil­lion to cut­ting edge re­search into the causes, treat­ments and cures for re­tini­tis pig­men­tosa, mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion and re­lated reti­nal eye dis­eases.

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