BENEFITING: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
ORGANIZER: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
Dear Family and Friends,
I am very excited to announce that I have joined Team Eye and Ear Boston 2017! On April 17, 2017, I will have the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon... for the 4th time! This year I am excited to run the Boston marathon in support of the cutting edge research being done at Mass. Eye and Ear including by husband, Jason Comander, MD, PhD. I am dedicating this year's race to support the Mass. Eye and Ear "Curing Kids Fund," which funds research and treatment for children with conditions that affect vision, hearing, and other debilitating disorders. By supporting the "Curing Kids Fund," you have the opportunity to make a remarkable difference. You will help Mass. Eye and Ear (MEEI) conduct research to find new cures for these conditions.
Many of you have heard of macular degeneration, which is a major cause of blindness and vision impariment in adults. This disease results in a loss of central vision from damage to the retina. There is an even more sinister, inherited form of this disease that strikes in childhood. At this time, there is no medical or surgical treatment available for this condition. Fortunately, there are scientists like my husband Jason, who are working tirelessly at MEEI to find a cure for this disease, and many other conditions that cause blindness in children.
As many of you know, my husband Jason is a physician scientist in the MEEI Inherited Retinal Disorders Service and Retina Service. Jason's research primarily focuses on the genetics and treatment of inherited retinal diseases, which often to lead blindness. His laboratory has studied the genetic basis of distinct forms of retinitis pigmentosa, investigated methods to assay the functional significance of human mutations, and tested techniques for retinal gene therapy in primates and in humans. He is an investigator and surgeon for a number of ongoing clinical trials for patients with inherited retinal disorders, including a first-in-human stem cell trial. The goal of these trials is to preserve or restore vision in people who are going blind.
In a recent interview describing his work, Jason noted: "One of my patients now is a college freshman who is slowly losing her reading vision from juvenile macular degeneration. Using donated funds, we were able to find the gene which is the cause of her disease. When I told her the good news, she literally cried tears of joy, since she now might qualify for a new trial to treat her disease. Philanthropy makes a real difference in these people's lives."
Jason told his patient that he would do whatever he could to help her and other children and young adults with this disease. That included convincing me to run for the MEEI team this year! On behalf of Jason and his patients, we thank you for the support in the fight against blindness. Funds raised will go directly to support research and treatment of children and young adults with inherited retinal diseases that cause blindness.
Some facts about Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.....
Massachusetts Eye and Ear clinicians and scientists are driven by a mission to find cures for blindness, deafness and diseases of the head and neck.
Each year almost 300,000 people - adults and children - from more than 80 countries seek care at Mass. Eye and Ear and more than 20,000 of them undergo life-changing surgery.
Mass. Eye and Ear is home to the world's largest vision and hearing research centers, offering hope and healing to patients everywhere through discovery and innovation. As a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, Mass. Eye and Ear trains future medical leaders in ophthalmology and otolaryngology through our highly competitive residency and fellowship programs.
Mass. Eye and Ear is ranked #1 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
I will be training very hard to prepare for the race, and as always, I appreciate your support!
"Anyone can run a hundred meters, it's the next forty-two thousand and two hundred that count."
-Seen on a runner's T shirt
"If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon."
-Kathrine Switzer, best known as the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry.
"I've learned that finishing a marathon isn't just an athletic achievement. It's a state of mind; a state of mind that says anything is possible."
-John Hanc, running writer