Suzi Ford and the Spirit of EXIT Continue the Mission to Fight Blindness

By Suzi Ford, Sales Representative, EXIT Inspired Real Estate, Middelburg, FL

My affiliation with MOMS for Sight, Inc. and Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB), stems from the fact that four generations of my family have been robbed of their vision by a blinding x-linked retinal disease called Choroideremia. Back in the early 70s, we were told to go home and prepare to go blind. There was no cure. My grandfather went blind, my brother and cousin have less than 10 percent of their vision remaining, and my eldest son inherited it from me.

I continue to be as involved as possible with this organization that offers the best education and support to my family. I was inspired and wanted to pay it forward by advocating and helping others with these life altering disorders and diseases, so rare that there was no cure in sight. What drives me? It is one thing to have family members affected, it is quite another when you see your child losing their sight.

MOMS for Sight, Inc.’s major fundraiser is called Black Ties and Blindfolds. This is our big opportunity just before the annual FFB Vision Walk to raise funds for our teams. The funds raised are used for research that will lead to the prevention, treatment, and cures for the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.

The event was held in October, 2021 and consisted of a silent auction and presentation with science and personal story updates on what MOMS for Sight and FFB mean to our community members and their extended families who fear the day they awaken to total darkness. With our dedication to the outreach, education, and support of these folks we have given them the ability to live with hope instead of fear. We understand because we are affected as well. They are not alone.

A portion of every transaction fee received by EXIT Realty Corp. International is applied to its charitable fund. Through the Spirit of EXIT Dollar-for-Dollar Matching Program, EXIT offices and associates can raise money for local, approved, registered charities and apply to EXIT’s head office to have those funds matched from the company’s pool of funds. Suzi  was responsible for $2,500 of the ticket sales and donations raised at the event which EXIT’s head office was proud to match for a total donation of $5,000 to MOMS for Sight, Inc.

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