Everyone whose life has been shaped by glaucoma shares a dream: We all want to bring an end to a disease that steals precious vision. We invite you to cure glaucoma with us.
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Looking for lasting impact? Explore planned giving options — the first step in creating a legacy for the future of glaucoma research and care. You can even fundraise for Glaucoma Research Foundation — in memory of someone you love, celebrating a special occasion, participating in an athletic event to raise awareness and resources. We’re here to support you along the way.
If you are a glaucoma specialist, consider becoming one of our GRF Ambassadors. This national leadership group of eye doctors works with us to ensure that all glaucoma patients have access to easy-to-understand, up-to-date educational materials.
How else can you get involved? Start by learning about the pioneering research that is moving us ever closer to a cure for glaucoma. Explore helpful resources for patients and caregivers here on our website. Attend one of our annual events for patients, families, caregivers, doctors, and scientists engaged in glaucoma research.
However you choose to get involved, please know: Together, we can create a future without glaucoma.
How Do We Inspire Hope?
Doctors, patients, family members — people who share our mission to restore vision and cure glaucoma explain why research is so important.
Tonia Rex, PhD: One word that comes to mind when I think of Glaucoma Research Foundation is “impactful.”
Nancy Forster: “Bold.”
Ruth Williams, MD: “Diligent.”
Terica Roberts: The word we would use to describe Glaucoma Research Foundation is…
Grayson Roberts: “Hope.”
Text on screen: There is no cure — yet — for glaucoma.
Terica: Hope means to us that there’s always possibilities — for the future, and for life, and for those who struggle with glaucoma.
Text on screen: Our Mission: To cure glaucoma and restore vision through innovative research.
Nancy Forster: It was one day, not so long ago, that I learned I had glaucoma. I’ve got to say, it was super scary.
Grayson: My name is Grayson and I am six years old and I have glaucoma.
Tonia Rex, PhD: Thinking about what life would be like without being able to see my children, my family, [without] being able to do so many things that we enjoy in our visual world… It’s devastating.
Nancy Forster: So, I was scared and, uncharacteristic, I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know others who had it. I didn’t know who to turn to.
Ruth Williams, MD: Glaucoma Research Foundation is so important because it provides trusted health information to our patients. Glaucoma’s such a scary disease. And through the resources on the Glaucoma Research Foundation website, our patients get answers. That makes them so much less afraid.
Nancy Forster: It was really fantastic to be able to direct myself to what I believe is the very best place I can possibly be. Because that’s the search, as you well know, when you don’t know exactly where you’re going, you sure feel it. And in this case, I knew, finally, that I was in the right place.
Tonia Rex, PhD: I’m really motivated. I really want to preserve vision in patients. It’d be wonderful if we could stop blindness.
Grayson: When I grow up, I want to be a construction worker.
Ruth Williams, MD: Glaucoma Research Foundation funds the critical research that allows us to unlock the secrets of this disease and target treatments to treat it now and to cure it eventually.
Tonia Rex, PhD: The exciting thing is, right now, there’s so much we have learned through the human genome project, with CRISPR advances, so many tools, so much of a better understanding of the progression of this disease. Now’s the time.
Text on screen: Glaucoma Research Foundation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for glaucoma.
Tonia Rex, PhD: I really believe that if we put all our efforts together, if we work collaboratively, if we have continued support from our community to fund this research, we’ll be able to do this. We can stop neurodegeneration. And even more exciting is the fact that we are making advances in restoring vision, regenerating vision. And that’s the holy grail, to be able to say to a patient, finally, “Here’s the treatment we can give you that will stop this progressive vision loss. Here’s the treatment that we can give you to restore the vision you’ve already lost.” That motivates me. I know it’s there. We just need to reach out. We just need to keep working and we can get there.
Terica Roberts: It’s been a long journey for my family and for Grayson. And because of the work of Glaucoma Research Foundation, we continue to have hope.
Nancy Forster: And I’ve got to say, from the point of view of a patient, I am really grateful. Thank you.
Text on screen: Cure glaucoma with us.
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