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Michael Blaise Backer's Fundraiser:

Running for Sight

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BENEFITING: Foundation Fighting Blindness, Inc.

EVENT: 2013 ING New York City Marathon

EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013

Michael Blaise Backer

THE STORY:

My mother, Lucia Finocchiaro Backer, is an incredibly strong and inspirational woman, who along with my father, raised my brothers and I with all the love, kindness, and generosity one could ever want. My mother has retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a genetic degenerative eye disease, which initially manifested itself in “night blindness” in her twenties, but now she has lost all vision in her right eye and nearly all vision in her left. Regardless of the challenges and frustrations she faces, she has never let her disability get in the way of raising her family, of being an amazing mother and grandmother, of traveling around the world, or of taking on the projects  or hobbies she enjoys.
 
The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) (www.blindness.org) is a national research organization that is dedicated to finding treatments, preventions, and cures for RP, macular degenerations, and other retinal degenerative diseases. Since 1971, FFB has raised over $450 million to support critical research that may one day lead to the cure of these diseases.  The culmination of more than three decades of research has resulted in discovering the building blocks for cures through novel treatments like gene therapy, pharmaceutical therapy, nutrition, drug delivery, and retinal cell transplantation.

$2,164

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Michael Blaise Backer

Amount Raised

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87% Raised of $2,500 Goal

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Donor Comments

João

João

That's a doubly inspirational mother! - go fast! 3 years ago

James Whitty

James Whitty

3 years ago

George and Beca Kalinowsky

George and Beca Kalinowsky

Good luck and kick some ass Mikey :-)! 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

Good luck on your run! 3 years ago

Nicole Dooskin

Nicole Dooskin

3 years ago

Crossley Family

Crossley Family

3 years ago

Mickey, Robyn & Liam Broughton

Mickey, Robyn & Liam Broughton

3 years ago

Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams

That's a beautiful photo of you and your mom! :) 3 years ago

Mia Birkhead

Mia Birkhead

This is great and I'm excited to cheer you on! 3 years ago

JAIME Y ALFREDO

JAIME Y ALFREDO

Blaise, en este día tan especial te mandamos mucho ánimo para el maratón, un fuerte abrazo para tí y tu familia! 3 years ago