Choroideremia (CHM) is a blinding eye disease. It follows an X-linked inheritance pattern which means that males exhibit the disease and females are carriers (on the X chromosome). There is no cure or treatment for choroideremia however gene augmentation therapy technology holds great promise today. Twelve years ago researchers identified the disease-causing gene and in 2005, they created a transgenic choroideremia mouse suitable for testing remedies. Today, in at least two countries (England, USA), clinical trials are on the horizon. There is realistic hope for a cure!
The CRFC is a Canadian registered charity founded in 2004 by a group of dedicated volunteers who are committed to finding a choroideremia cure! It has raised over $190,000 since inception allowing it to fund peer-reviewed research in England and Canada. This work is making a difference in the international effort to develop a cure!
With a cure on the horizon, the funds raised through the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon are more important than ever before. The technology exists! Funding is all that is needed to make what was once a dream into a reality!
The first 10 champions who commit to raise $300 on behalf of the CRFC will be granted a free registration (applies to any event). If you wish to join the fight, please contact Bob Hillier at 1-519-758-0847 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please check out our website at www.choroideremia.ca (currently under construction!).