2022 Annual Appeal- Winter Visionary
The small foundation that gets big results!
They say, “The best things come in small packages.” It is true our foundation is small, but our roots run deep, and our accomplishments are many. While recovering from the devastating effects of the pandemic, the ECF’s mission and values remain the same. This year has been the year of restarting, fellows returning to our world-wide training centers to continue their research work, expansion of our scientific advisory board, and exponential growth of all our social channels.
Confronted by COVID lockdowns, we sponsored an open-access online fellowship course chaired by our once ECF fellow and now veteran ocular oncology specialist, Dr. Yacoub Yousef. He has put together a team of specialists from around the world to produce online, open-access, educational modules to help teach doctors to help their countries’ children with retinoblastoma. Now, with your help, we can fund additional educational modules for all the major types of eye cancers and make them all free to eye specialists around the world.
Adding to our RB training centers worldwide, we welcomed Colombia’s Dr. C. Alberto Calle Vásquez to reach countries in South America. He has trained one, but will continue to train more and more as there exist many countries and regions who have no access to eye cancer care.
In support of our research, we also have issued many travel grants that help our international fellows to present their (our) works around the world. We have been blessed with many hard-working fellows and your support has helped them succeed. This edition of the ECF Visionary, is filled with only some of our current initiatives, projects together with both eye and life-saving research.
Today, The Eye Cancer Foundation needs your support. Though we have done so much, we have more left to do. Help us keep our current and future programs going. With your help, we will be able to work tirelessly to teach best practices and gather the medical evidence needed to answer currently unknown clinical questions.
Help us create the systems needed to improve patient care. Please consider making a new donation. The amount is less important than the act of supporting The Eye Cancer Foundation. If all of our friends and benefactors would make a new contribution now, we can be assured that our current efforts will continue. If you ask your friends to donate, then we can start new projects. Join us in the fight to save both sight and life.
Paul T. Finger, MD