Andrea Bocelli has partnered with the Vision of Children Foundation for seven different concerts over the past 20 years by offering premiere seating for its supporters to purchase at Mr. Bocelli’s public concerts. VOC was extremely honored to host a private 500 person concert  in 2004 for Vision of Children supporters that net close to $800,000 in proceeds to benefit vision research.

 Bocelli’s altruism is not only because he cares about the Foundation, but also because he has a personal connection to the work that it does. Growing up in Lajatico, Italy just an hour outside of Pisa, Bocelli was born visually impaired due to congenital glaucoma and later at 12 years old was hit in the head during a soccer match and suffered a brain hemorrhage that caused him to become completely blind. Bocelli can relate to the children the Vision of Children Foundation serves, having endured many similar challenges throughout his lifetime.

Even though Bocelli had to deal with these difficulties in early life, he managed to find refuge in music at the age of six when he began to learn how to play the piano, flute and saxophone. He didn’t let losing all his sight stop him from pursing his studies either. He financed his law degree at the University of Pisa by singing and playing the piano in bars and night clubs. He practiced law for a year after graduating, but then went back to his passion of music and studied under the great tenor, Franco Corelli. In 1992, his music career started to take off when he became friends with Luciano Pavarotti, another famous Italian opera tenor, which lead to signing with a record label and his first album, Il mare calmo della sera (1994). His success has continued ever since with him preforming his songs around the world for thousands of fans collaborating with other well-known artists like Celine Dion and Christina Aguilera in some of the most famous venues like the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic.

The Vision of Children Foundation is excited to offer premier seating for the performance of Andrea Bocelli in San Diego for the first public performance in 20 years. Bocelli will be performing on June 21st, 2018 at the Valley View Casino Center in the heart of San Diego. Due to the limited seating, the Vision of Children Foundation is offering tickets for Foundation supporters prior to tickets being sold to the general public. For more information and to reserve your tickets while supplies still last, please email nancy@visionofchildren.org.

Sources:

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Andrea-Bocelli

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/music-news/8100281/Doctors-tried-to-cure-Andrea-Bocellis-blindness-with-leeches.html

https://www.biography.com/people/andrea-bocelli-9216943

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004765/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrea_Bocelli

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AuthorElaine Selna

When new parents Amit and Sapna Shah were told that their beautiful baby girl, Laila, was diagnosed with oculocutaneous albinism, their entire world shifted and was turned upside-down.

“When we first got the diagnosis, it was just heart-breaking. We couldn’t really talk about it with anyone without breaking down. Being Indian, we have more pigment and darker skin. OCA wasn’t really something we were familiar with…we just couldn’t see past the diagnosis back then.”

This is the reality for the millions of families that experience the diagnosis of a genetic vision disorder in a child each year. This news can be isolating, terrifying and can leave many parents and family members with questions that just don’t have answers, even from the world’s top doctors and scientists.

The Vision of Children Foundation is dedicated to changing that narrative.

“What’s great about The Vision of Children Foundation is that genetic disorders are what their foundation focuses on. I feel like they’re aggressive in trying to find a treatment. We see a lot of potential for treatment down the road. They’re headed in the right direction. It’s giving us hope about her future.”

Recent advancements in technology are currently providing the perfect opportunity for our scientists to find cures for these disorders. Our scientists at UCLA Jules-Stein Eye Institute are working tirelessly to repair mutated DNA by using stem cells created from the patient’s own skin to eliminate the risk of treatment rejection. This research is our most promising and exciting to date.

But now, more than ever, we need your help.

With your help, we can continue to fund this life-changing research project that could hold the key to a crystal-clear view of the future for millions of children like Laila who have been diagnosed with genetic vision disorders.

“Now she’s three and…we’re so proud of her. This is her world, you know. This is who she is. She’s got quite the little personality and a great sense of humor. She’s very energetic and she just lights up the room.”

This Holiday Season, please consider making a gift to The Vision of Children Foundation to allow us to continue our vital work. Together, we can light up the world!

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AuthorGabrielle Conley

We at The Vision of Children Foundation are thrilled to present an incredible 13-day tropical excursion to Sri Lanka and The Maldives from Scott Dunn Private Journeys as part of our Live Auction at Concert With A Vision on September 8th! As a special treat, enjoy this guest blog post from Scott Dunn Private Journeys themselves, detailing a small taste of the exquisite adventures possible on The Maldives leg of this dreamy vacation. 

Aerial Shot of Niyama

Aerial Shot of Niyama

Welcome to “natures playground”. Comprised of 2 islands (Chill and Play), Niyama is a tropical paradise that has lush vegetation, ivory white beaches, crystal clear waters and is the ultimate in barefoot luxury. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by the smiling faces of the attentive staff, a fresh fruit cocktail, and a cool towel. Nothing is overlooked at Niyama, from the luxurious Maldivian inspired decor, to the adorable bikes at your disposal to leisurely explore the island, and your own private butler. But, a true highlight at Niyama is the fantastic cuisine.

Fantastic Desserts Available at Niyama

Fantastic Desserts Available at Niyama

Niyama has an impressive choice of restaurants, featuring a range of international cuisine for every palate, from elevated traditional African at Tribal to casual poolside dining at Blu. And you can’t stay at Niyama without dining at Edge, Nest and Subsix.

Edge:

Only accessible by boat, Edge is an exclusive overwater restaurant. It’s set under a crisp white canopy, with window covered walls that open out to the calm sea, creating an open feel. Fresh local seafood is the highlight here. Try the lobster and sip champagne as you watch the dazzling sunset.

Edge Restaurant

Edge Restaurant

Nest:

Get a whole new perspective of the island at Nest, navigate through the jungle on a labyrinth of wooden walkways to your private perch in the treetops (set 6 meters high above the ground!). Feast on delicious avant-garde Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian cuisine, all expertly paired with sake. While here, you must try the world’s most expensive coffee “Black Ivory”. It’s a truly unique one-of-a-kind experience.

Nest

Nest

Subsix:

You won’t dine in a place like this anywhere. This lounge is set 6 meters under the sea, and is lit by a magical blue glow, sweeping you into an underwater wonderland. You’ll be surrounded by clear turquoise waters as you dine on a tasting menu featuring crab and Wagyu beef, complimented by handcrafted cocktails. Moray eels, Moorish idols, parrotfish and Hawksbill turtles will glide by as you dine. It’s a very special, unreal atmosphere.

Subsix

Subsix

Destination Dining:

Let your imagination guide you, indulge in the private destination dining for a truly unbelievable experience. Treat yourself to a gourmet picnic for two on a deserted island, illuminated by a roaring bonfire and romantic hanging lanterns. It’s one of the most unbelievable meals that you’ll ever have. Dining here is your own private slice of paradise.

Remarkable Dining at Niyama

Remarkable Dining at Niyama

We at Scott Dunn are so excited to be included in supporting such a remarkable charity, and we thoroughly enjoyed creating this amazing prize for The Vision of Children Foundation. Knowing that the proceeds from this unbelievable 13-day vacation in Sri Lanka and the Maldives will go to such an important cause is a wonderful feeling.

The Vision of Children Foundation partners with Illumina’s iHope program to provide limited number of whole genome sequencing tests for families affected by hereditary vision disorders in need.

The research project of Dr. Edouard Baulier, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Debora Farber’s UCLA laboratory, is designed to find a treatment for Ocular Albinism type 1 (OA1) by using two recently discovered biology tools: induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and CRISPR/Cas9, a gene-editing tool.