Nancy Kerrigan, Twisted Sister guitarist pitch in for Cambridge eye center fundraiser
Two-time Olympic medalist Nancy Kerrigan and Jay Jay French, founder of the 80s hair metal band Twisted Sister, were the master of ceremonies for the Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation’s fourth annual “Through Their Eyes” art auction on Friday, May 8 at Cambridge's Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT in Kendall Square. All proceeds form the auction went toward the foundation's research.
French's daughter, Samantha, developed uveitis when she was 6. She's now 15.
Dr. C. Stephen Foster, founder and president of The Ocular Immunology and Uveiits, who has taken a leadership role in informing the public about ocular inflammatory disease, states, “Ocular immunology is not a particularly glamorous field, and few ophthalmologists choose to enter it. As a result, few ocular immunologists exist, and so many patients with uveitis and other forms of eye inflammation continue to be treated with 1950’s standard of care while much more effective and safer strategies exist today. The result is that far more people are eventually blinded by eye inflammation than should occur.”
The mission of the foundation is "to find cures for ocular inflammatory diseases, to erase the worldwide deficit of properly trained ocular immunologists, and to provide education and emotional support for those patients afflicted with ocular inflammatory disease."
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