Blindness Foundation Names Caplan

January 18, 2013

Pikesville resident Mindy Caplan has been appointed a national trustee to the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

“Mindy’s dedication has truly helped fuel our pursuit of vision-saving treatments and cures,” said William T. Schmidt, the foundation’s CEO. “We’re thrilled to welcome her to this special group of Foundation Fighting Blindness leaders whose ongoing passion to advance retinal research is integral to our success.î

Caplan is following in the footsteps of her parents, Beverly and the late Ben Berman, who co-founded Foundation Fighting Blindness in 1971 because Caplan and her sister were diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a genetic disease that gradually robs peripheral vision and can lead to blindness.

As president of the foundation’s Baltimore Chapter, Caplan helps unite local families affected by retinal disease by offering support, information and resources. She also chairs the annual Baltimore 5K VisionWalk, which will be held June 1 at Rash Field in the Inner Harbor. Under her leadership, VisionWalk raised nearly $100,000 last year.

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