WHAT IS CHM? CHOROIDEREMIA?: Choroideremia is a rare inherited retinal degenerative disease that causes blindness.
In sufferers of CHM, once the Choroid deteriorates from the lack of an essential protein, the photoreceptors then begin to deteriorate and vision is lost. Starting with the peripheral vision and moving inward until total blindness.
This is genetically passed through families by an x-linked pattern which makes men genetically more susceptible to the disease, experiencing the full range of deterioration, while women “carriers” should experience fewer symptoms.
Dr. Jean Bennett at the University of Pennsylvania is optimistic about a treatment she is developing but she needs 3 million to bring it to trials. A tall order of ra disease with no pharmaceutical support.
Anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated, whether it’s a donation, sponsoring EJ for the marathons or simply spreading the word. Every little bit helps.
GO TO the foundation and donate now: http://choroideremia.org/
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In the video below, EJ talks about Choroideremia explaining what it is and about his effort to raise funds to find a cure by running 12 Marathons in 12 months in 2012.