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Sofia Sees Hope!

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THE STORY:

Until recently, we expected that Sofia would be completely blind. Maybe before the end of High School, maybe sometime in her 20s. (She is legally blind today.)

Sofia has Leber's Congenital Amaurosis, a rare genetic disorder.  Although she has some vision now, this is a degenerative condition that causes the cones and rods in her retina to deteriorating and will eventually stop working. 

Unless…

We raise money to fund the research to develop gene therapy for her gene.  (IQCB1, if you're into details.) 

In simple words that her very non-scientific parents can understand: 

1, Your donation will go towards funding the development of a vector for the IQCB1 gene.

2. The vector is more or less a virus (a good one, we like to think of it as a boat) that carries the good IQCB1 gene into the retina.

3. Once in there, the good gene floats around, replicates, and replaces the bad genes

4. Vision is restored!

This type of gene therapy has been done before for other LCA patients with different gene types and it works!  It's really pretty cool.  We just need a vector for our gene. 

This research won’t just help Sofia, but will benefit all kids and adults with this gene disorder.  Also, once the vector is developed there is the opportunity to use this for other good genetic disorders. 

To read more about the Foundation for Retinal Research, click here: http://www.tfrr.org/

If you want to connect with us directly, send an email to lcmanfre@comcast.net.

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To This Fundraiser

$2,700

MONEY RAISED
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  • Cristina Saenz de Tejada

    $100

  • Melinda and Arnold

     

  • Sarah Gammage

    $200

  • Nisha and Gianluca

    $100

  • Lissy

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $150

  • Nikki

     

  • Aunt Josie and Uncle Jack

    $100

  • Ana Zacapa

    $150

  • Lisa Dickey

    $100

  • Maricarmen Esquivel

    $70

  • Ira and Ryota

    $100

  • Kristen

    $25

  • Janice and Heitsy

    $100

  • Pietro, Marcello and Darshana

     

  • Malpani Kalantrys

    $50

  • Elizabeth & Bruce Wise

    $100

  • The Harding Family

    $200

  • Elizabeth Weiland

    $50

  • Bill and Linda Weiland

    $500

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180% Raised of $1,500 Goal

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The Team: $22,296 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Naomi Rodriguez

Amount Raised

$2,751

 

138% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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Cristina Manfre

Amount Raised

$2,700

 

180% Raised of $1,500 Goal

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Sally Klich

Amount Raised

$2,530

 

253% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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The Bertrams

Amount Raised

$1,655

 

166% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Amy DiRico

Amount Raised

$1,040

 

104% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Hollis Scoggin

Amount Raised

$975

 

98% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Team Terrier

Amount Raised

$775

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Annette Tonti

Amount Raised

$650

Donor Comments

Bill and Linda Weiland

Bill and Linda Weiland

DONATION: $500

5 years ago

Elizabeth Weiland

Elizabeth Weiland

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

The Harding Family

The Harding Family

DONATION: $200

5 years ago

Elizabeth & Bruce Wise

Elizabeth & Bruce Wise

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Malpani Kalantrys

Malpani Kalantrys

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Pietro, Marcello and Darshana

Pietro, Marcello and Darshana

5 years ago

Kristen

Kristen

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Janice and Heitsy

Janice and Heitsy

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Ira and Ryota

Ira and Ryota

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Maricarmen Esquivel

Maricarmen Esquivel

DONATION: $70

For the awesome Sofia, you rock chica!!!!! 5 years ago