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The Whites of Their Eyes

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

"...The Whites of Their Eyes!"

To most, the whites of the eyes recalls the Revolutionary War. As the sibling of a survivor of retinoblastoma, it means something completely different. In a healthy eye, the retina should appear red when hit by light. That’s why we have a red-eye reduction feature on our fancy digital cameras. When a tumour is present, the retina appears white. This is known as a leukocoria.

On Sunday evening, musician Jeff Healey died from cancer. As an infant, retinoblastoma robbed him of his eyesight but not of his tenacity, artistry, or joie de vivre.

Early detection and amazing medical advances can prevent the loss of sight and life. Educate yourself…and consider making a gift.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Friday, 7 March 2008 12:57 pm

    Thanks so much for your mention of retinoblastoma and honoring Jeff Healy. Also early detection and making a gift.
    RBI needs funding for research and more awareness. My best to you and your family.
    Sincerely,
    Christina Ashford
    RBI Board President
    http://www.retinoblastoma.net

  2. Frume Sarah permalink
    Friday, 7 March 2008 4:44 pm

    Christina — thanks for reading. As you know, RB doesn’t have to take lives IF and WHEN there is screening for all babies.

    My parents say “hello!” Hope your little ones are well — although I am now thinking that they are not so very little anymore!

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