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Jul 10, 2018

10 Years of Cycle for Sight

In 2009, Dave Sweeny, Michael Ovens, Erin George, and Martin de Sousa came together to develop a new way to raise funds in the fight against blindness. Their vision became a reality when, along with 45 other riders, they hit the road on a rainy day in Toronto for the first Cycle for Sight. That inaugural event raised almost $46,000 for Fighting Blindness Canada (FBC) and encouraged new supporters to get involved.

Fast forward to 2018 and Cycle for Sight is now in its 10th year. It has become a national, signature fundraiser for FBC, with six events taking place across the country. Most astonishingly, its participants have ridden over 290,000 km and surpassed $4.5 million in funds raised for vision research.

Research and discoveries in vision science have come a long way since that small group of cyclists headed out in 2009.

For example, in 2014, the Bionic eye was brought to Canada and has since restored vision to people who were completely blind, including two of our very own Cycle for Sight riders, Rozina and Orly.

An FDA-approved ocular gene therapy has emerged in the United States and there are now more than 30 gene therapy clinical trials underway that are testing new sight-saving treatments.

As a result of these and other incredible advancements, the idea that inherited vision loss is untreatable is beginning to shift. We know that treatments are beginning to materialize, and we know that there are big discoveries and life-changing developments on the horizon. This is all made possible by the generous supporters of FBC and the heroes who participate in Cycle for Sight.

Thank you so much to all of you for your continued support and dedication!


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