Here at the Macula Vision Research Foundation (MVRF) we believe in creating meaningful, personal connections with our loyal supporters. Through our SupportSightSM Seminars and our seasonal newsletters, we ensure that every member of the MVRF family stays up-to-date with the latest research and information on AMD. With every phone call, letter, email or personal interaction with our donors, our strong foundation of followers continues to grow. Meet the believers as we share this collection of inspiring sentiments from our dear friends and supporters from every corner of the world. Thank you!



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“I’M SO THANKFUL FOR AND GRATEFUL TO MVRF, AND I VOW TO SUPPORT THEM BECAUSE I FEEL THE RESEARCH THEY ARE FUNDING IS REMARKABLE. I WANT TO BE A POSTER BOY FOR MVRF.”

Len, Living with AMD & MVRF Donor

“MVRF is one of the best, or actually the best, foundation I have ever worked with, because it’s not political, it’s just genuinely committed to the problem, and it chooses scientists equally committed.”

Sheila Nirenberg, PhD
Professor, Institute for Computational Biomedicine
Weill Medical College of Cornell University

“The MVRF [Scientific Conferences], which bring together the best minds in the field, are crucial to educate basic scientists like myself about what is known – more importantly what is not known – about retinal degenerative diseases.”

Austin Roorda, PhD
Professor of Vision Science and Optometry
University of California, Berkeley

“I want to thank you for the retina vision research meeting in New York City, organized by the Macula Vision Research Foundation…superb in every way.”

Paul A. Sieving, MD, PhD
Director, National Eye Institute

“All charitable foundations hope to make a difference in their chosen area, few do it as successfully as the Macula Vision Research Foundation…When you look at the major advances in our understanding of macular degeneration that have taken place…almost every one of them has been facilitated by support from MVRF.”

Colin J. Barnstable, DPhil
MVRF Scientific Advisory Board Member
Professor & Chair, Dept of Neural & Behavioral Sciences
Penn State College of Medicine

“Generous donations from the MVRF have aided our physicians in their search for a cure for macular degeneration and related retinal diseases. For instance, a grant supporting Dr. Samuel Jacobson, who heads the Center for Hereditary Retinal Degeneration, has led to the first human trial of gene replacement therapy for one molecular sub-type of Leber congenital amaurosis. We are very grateful for the important contributions MVRF has made to our research programs.”

Joan M. O’Brien, MD
Director, Scheie Eye Institute

“I would like to highlight how important it is for my laboratory, my team and for myself, a foreign investigator, to receive the financial support provided by MVRF, especially appreciated as funding for science is presently very hard to obtain. I feel honored and increasingly motivated to be part of a large community of scientists who share the goal of accelerating translation of the cure of eye disease for patients all over the world.”

Enrica Strettoi, PhD
Senior Investigator
CNR Neuroscience Institute

“THIS WAS THE BEST EXPLANATION OF WHAT IS GOING ON WITH MACULAR DEGENERATION THAT I’VE SEEN OR HEARD YET AND I THANK YOU.

Mary Lou & Chet, MVRF SupportSightSM Seminar Attendees

“The SupportSightSM Seminars are so valuable for people with macular degeneration because they get such a full program of information at one time.  Not only do they learn the latest about research and treatment, but learn about low vision, helpful technology and magnification devices and encouraging local resources that can take them to the next step in adjustment.”

Douglas A. Yingling
Executive Director
Center for Vision Loss

“My wife has macular degeneration and I’ve searched the internet trying to find an organization which gives us hope in finding a cure. You cannot do better than a charity where every dollar goes to research. We’ve attended two MVRF seminars and learned of the progress toward finding a cure as well as suggestions to assist in daily living.”

Anonymous

“Together, we helped people living with low vision in several cities connect to information and resources that can improve their quality of life. We especially appreciate MVRF’s investment of time and resources in our state and in our people.”

Torrey DeKeyser
Executive Director
The EyeSight Foundation of Alabama

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“SINCE I STARTED CONTRIBUTING TO MVRF, I’VE GONE FROM HOPING WE WILL FIND A CURE TO KNOWING THAT WE WILL.

Virginia, Living with AMD & MVRF Donor

“The MVRF funding is critical to conducting […] cutting edge therapy studies and we are very honored to be a part of the visionary research promoted by the Foundation.”

Gustavo Aguirre, VMD, PhD, PhDhc
Professor of Medical Genetics and Ophthalmology
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

“I am proud and honored to be affiliated with the Foundation and words cannot express my gratitude for your organization. Thank you very much for your ongoing generosity and supporting innovative research platforms.”

Roxana Radu, MD
Researcher of Opthalmology
Jules Stein Eye Institutue

“I am truly amazed with the dedication, commitment and drive that MVRF has to finding a cure for retinal diseases! The hope & help that you provide is phenomenal. You continue to change the lives of so many people!”

Deb Kogler
President, Magnifiers & More

“C’mon people, I’m really rootin’ for you and all those researchers!!!”

Anton, MVRF Champion

“Macula Vision Research Foundation is a charity I have been contributing to for several years. My mother was diagnosed with the disease and I became concerned I might develop macular degeneration. After reading about this organization, I was pleased to learn about all of the research being done to help find a cure. Most impressive is that all monies donated go to research, which is very important to me. This organization also conducts numerous seminars for the sight impaired. I viewed one on YouTube and found the presenters to be very knowledgeable and easy to understand. This is a charity worth supporting.”

Anonymous

“There aren’t enough words to express the value of donations made to MVRF where every penny goes toward finding a cure for macular degeneration. I’m pleased to have found such a wonderful organization worthy of whatever amount I can donate. The staff at MVRF is exceptional. I have a dear friend recently diagnosed with macular degeneration and have put her in contact with MVRF also. I intend to spread the word about MVRF to everyone I know. Thanks MVRF for providing hope for everyone with this disease.”

Anonymous

[When it comes to finding a cure for disease] We charge forward until we hit a wall. Then we break the wall. And if we can’t, we scale the wall. Or build a door. Whatever it takes.

 2015 Partnering for Cures Conference
Conference Participant

“When my elderly mother who has AMD moved into our home several years ago, I was overwhelmed with problems that she had visually in day to day living. I quickly contacted MVRF for resources and they were wonderful! They told me how to get a large button TV remote control, how to find resources for talking watches etc. And from their wonderful newsletter I learn about eye vitamins, related visual side effects and the assurance that we were not alone in trying to cope with such a debilitating and challenging disease. But most importantly, their funding of research to CURE the disease gives my husband and me confidence in the fact that this terrible disease will soon be history. They are enabling researchers to find a cure as well as helping those of us who need support now. They are a wonderful organization which I am proud to support.”

Joan, MVRF Champion