Gordon and Lulie and
the match they enabled
are an incredible and
everlasting gift to all of
us and the thousands
that will benefit. This
match will expand and
perpetuate the FFB
mission. It will create
more momentum, more
clinical trials, more
progress, more success.
BRUCE AND BONNIE SAWYER
Bruce and Bonnie Sawyer were donors
to the Gordon and Llura Gund Family
Gordon and Llura Gund Family
Challenge Raised More Than $111
Million for Retinal Disease Research
A Message of Thanks!
In April 2014, we launched the Gordon and Llura Gund Family Challenge. Our
goal was to raise in total gifts and multiyear pledges more than $100 million for
research before June 30, 2016, by matching any new or increased commitments to
the Foundation of $25,000 or more. Our purpose for doing this was to accelerate
the progress of the Foundation’s already highly promising research efforts to find
treatments and cures for retinal degenerative diseases.
We are thrilled to be able to share with you that the Challenge was a huge success.
Due to the generosity of its 260 donors, and gift matching funds from us, the
challenge raised $111.6 million. These funds, under the stewardship of FFB’s
Research Oversight Committee, will now be invested into research that moves
promising therapies from the lab into clinical trials and, eventually, to the patients
who need them. Importantly, this infusion of funds will allow FFB to increase the
size and scope of its research portfolio, including the number of studies that can be
funded in emerging therapies that show promise across multiple diseases, among
them, gene and stem-cell treatments.
When we joined the Berman family and others 46 years ago to begin the journey
to end blindness, very little was known about the retina, retinal degenerative
diseases, and the visual process. At that time, almost no research was going
on to build this knowledge, and no clinical trials were in the offing for possible
Today, thanks in large part to FFB’s persistently innovative research support backed
by thousands of donors and volunteers over the years, 20 such trials are underway
with many more in the pipeline. The addition of the match program’s support,
coupled with the ongoing generosity of all FFB’s donors and volunteers, will ensure
that amazing research advancements in our understanding of inherited retinal
disease and treating it will continue and accelerate.
Our great thanks to the Gund Challenge donors and all FFB supporters who are
literally helping to preserve and restore sight!
With our warmest best wishes,
Gordon Gund Llura Gund
Co-Founder, Chairman Emeritus Co-Founder, President,
New Jersey Chapter