FFS has a unique role in providing support to future leaders in eye and vision reasearch. For over sixty years, FFS has been funding promising scientists early in there career. Many of today's leaders in the area of vision research received their early funding from the FFS. They have a dedicated network of alumni and donors who continue supporting the original founders mission. It is a great organization with a self-less team focused on fulfilling this mission.
Fight for Sight (FFS) is one of the country's oldest eye and vision research charities whose singular mission is to identify, support and nurture individuals at the beginning of their medical and/or scientific careers by providing seed funding for research. Many current and former leaders in academic ophthalmology and eye and vision research credit FFS with providing the initial support that enabled them to successfully apply for larger federal or foundation research awards. 65 years after its founding, its mission is still intact and FFS continues to serve and important and unique niche within the medical research charity world. Having had students who received FFS funding, I know how important this relatively small amount of money is to a young clinician-scientist, both as a measure of accomplishment and confidence from their colleagues and mentors and as a tool with which to develop preliminary research results in preparation for applying to the National Eye Institute for Federal grant funds. Mildred Weisenfeld, our founder, would be very proud to see just how her efforts have led to so many successes in treatment and cures for visual disability and blindness.
Since 1946 Fight for Sight has invested in the future of vision research by funding promising young scientists early in their careers. This has led to many innovative therapies that assist patients to have better eyesight, thereby improving their quality of life. Many of the individuals that Fight for Sight has supported have gone on to beocme chairmen of major departments in academic medical centers and serve on the National Insitutes of Health administration. I believe this is a most deserving organization in its unique ability to recruit such outstanding individuals that have such an excellent track record. As for myself, serving on this Board has been a valuable education in research at work. In the past, I was an administrator of a large academic department of ophthalmology and often applied with the scientists for grants. Once I left this position I was recruited to the Board of Directors of Fight for Sight - so I am in the unique position of having watched scientists receive the benefits of a Fight for Sight award as well as now seeing and participating,first hand how the process works. Fight for Sight has done an outstanding job for 65 years in supporting vision research with remarkable results.