Posted by Cycle for Sight, Thu Apr 12 2012 at 11:11 pm
Cycling Fundraiser - Towards a Cure for Blindness - Ottawa - June 3, 2012.
The 3rd Annual Ottawa Cycle for Sight is offering two challenging cycling routes along the Rideau River for registrants to choose from: First, a 60 km ride from Manotick to Kemptville and back, or a longer route that will take riders on a 100 km trip between Manotick to Merrickville. The ride will be fully-supported with roadside assistance, rest stops, refreshments and good cheer provided by local Lions Clubs en route.
“My father has retinitis pigmentosa (a
There is no better time to be supporting retinal eye research as promising stem cell and gene therapies are at the cusp of human clinical trials. Major studies to develop sight-saving treatments are happening right now at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Dr. Valerie Wallace is leading a $2.4 million, multi-year project, to investigate the potential of stem cell therapies to repair parts of the eye; and Dr. Catherine Tsilfidis is developing gene therapies to help prevent retinal cell death, as part of a $1.4 million, multi-year study. Both projects are funded, in part, by the Foundation Fighting Blindness with money raised by Cycle for Sight.
Since Cycle for Sight's inception, the
Cycle for Sight, presented by Novartis
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