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Sofia Sees Hope!

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THE STORY:

Laura Manfre wrote -

Sofia was told she would be totally blind someday. 

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 deteriorate.  Eventually they will stop working altogether. 

Unless…

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

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

  • Your donation will go towards funding the development of a vector for the IQCB1 gene.
  • 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 (a sailor) into the retina.
  • Once in there, the good gene swims around, replicates, and replaces the bad genes.
  • Vision is restored!

This type of gene therapy has been done before for patients with LCA, but with different gene types and it works!  It's really pretty cool. 

This research won’t help only Sofia, but will benefit all kids and adults with the IQCB1 defect.  Also, once the vector is developed there is the opportunity to use this for other 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 sofiasees@gmail.com.

If you're donating, THANKS, and don't forget to do a corporate donation match if you can!

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$1,655

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  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Claire Schmitt and Kids

    $100

  • Jeff Lundgren

    $140

  • Glenn & Marilyn Pettinger

    $100

  • Madonna Gilbertson

    $25

  • David Stillitano

    $25

  • Steve & Jody

    $50

  • Lon, Meredith, Mason and Libby

    $100

  • paul

    $20

  • Steven Maurinus

    $25

  • Brian & Trish

    $50

  • Hansons

    $25

  • Nancy and Clay Bauma

    $30

  • Diane DeNigris and Roy Hardgrove

    $50

  • The Adelman Family

    $100

  • Penny & Bill

    $20

  • The Millers

    $110

  • Anonymous

    $335

  • Paul and Suzanne

    $50

  • Bonny and Bob

    $50

  • UJ and Sue

    $50

  • Ivan and Nirmala

    $100

  • Carole and John

    $50

  • Todd and Laura

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166% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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The Team: $22,296 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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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

Carole and John

Carole and John

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Todd and Laura

Todd and Laura

DONATION: $20

5 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $335

5 years ago

Paul and Suzanne

Paul and Suzanne

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Bonny and Bob

Bonny and Bob

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

UJ and Sue

UJ and Sue

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Ivan and Nirmala

Ivan and Nirmala

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

The Millers

The Millers

DONATION: $110

5 years ago

Penny & Bill

Penny & Bill

DONATION: $20

5 years ago

The Adelman Family

The Adelman Family

DONATION: $100

5 years ago