Monday, August 6, 2018

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The fight continues

Our Mission

This year marks the sixth anniversary of Sam’s Scramble for Sight. Our mission is to raise funds to cure inherited retinal eye disease. Over 200 million people worldwide suffer from blindness or progressive vision loss. The University of Iowa Institute for Vision Research (UI-IVR) focuses on eye diseases that are too rare for government  and/or private enterprise investment. UI-IVR is developing treatments for all forms of genetic blindness including conditions like macular degeneration to rare disorders like Stargardt and Retinitis Pigmentosa.  We are close to a breakthrough! People facing blindness will soon benefit from gene or stem-cell-transplant therapy to prevent vision loss or restore sight. With your continued generosity and compassion, a cure is in sight!  

 Left: Dr. Edwin Stone, University of Iowa Institute for Vision Research Right: Sam Walker 

Left: Dr. Edwin Stone, University of Iowa Institute for Vision Research Right: Sam Walker 

 
 

What Color is Your Sky?

The past five years led to powerful insights about the blue colors of our sky. There are more than 50,000 shades of blue in the world, and the sky represents a vast and ever-changing palette of these shades. The blue of the sky is what those suffering with vision loss miss the most.

The reality of this finding strengthened our resolve and inspired our new logo - capturing both the significance of blue, and the heart of our givers, while honoring the gift of sight so many have lost or are in danger of losing.

We Won’t Rest Until Everyone Sees The Blue In Their Sky

 
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University of Iowa Institute for Vision Research

Heroes in the Fight to End Blindness

The University of Iowa’s Institute for Vision Research was created to accelerate the eradication of inherited human blindness, through interdisciplinary research, education and clinical care. Private gifts are the life blood of most academic research centers. To learn more, visit www.ivr.uiowa.edu. Colors are powerful, but people like you hold the true power. The sky is the limit when we all work together!

Click pictures below to see heroes in action!