I have great eyesight. Some of my friends aren't so lucky.
They're affected with a retinal degenerative disease. I must confess that I had never even heard of these blinding diseases until people close to me actually developed them.
As I struggled to better understand what they were going through, I had the good fortune to become acquainted with The Foundation Fighting Blindness. Gordon Gund, Bob Gray and many others went out of their way to give me a behind-the-scenes look at all of the incredible research going on at Foundation-supported centers around the world.
After seeing all of these great minds focused on finding a cure, all I can say is, "Hold On! Success can't be far off!" And it's a good thing because one of the things I learned is that more than 6,000,000 Americans suffer from these blinding retinal diseases and another 9,000,000 have early signs that may eventually lead them to lose some or all of their sight as well. That's a huge number of people.
I've performed on great stages all over the world, but one of the most special nights I've ever had was performing at the Foundation's Humanitarian Dinner in New York. During the evening, I dedicated a special song of mine, "One Voice," to all of the men and women working so hard to find treatments and cures for retinal degenerative diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration and Stargardt disease.
"One Voice" helps remind us that it only takes one person... one gesture of kindness... to help make a difference. You could be that "One Voice" for the hundreds of thousands of people counting on the vital work of The Foundation Fighting Blindness. When you do, The
of "One Voice" recorded live on that special evening in New York.
On behalf of all of us at The Foundation Fighting Blindness, thank you so much for supporting this vital work.
|Your donation of $25 or more to The Foundation Fighting Blindness will bring you a unique CD of Barry's a capella performance of "One Voice" performed live at the Foundation's Benefit Dinner in 1999. The CD is only available from the Foundation at 1-800-683-5555 or by writing to FFB, Suite 1700, 122 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10168. Millions of blind people in the world desperately need to hear your one voice; please send in your donation today.|