Looking Forward 2021
Amount Raised
$8,490.00
Fundraising Goal $250,000.00

In 2017, I was diagnosed with X-linked retinal degeneration (cone-rod dystrophy), caused by a change in the RPGR gene. I inherited it from my grandfather. I had just become a lawyer and was finding it hard to balance my work commitments with my degenerating eyesight. My future suddenly looked very different.

Statistics show that people living with vision loss are 3 times more likely to suffer from mental health issues than people with normal vision. My diagnosis made me feel so alone, like I was the only person who could understand the loss I was experiencing. I left the workforce and took the time I needed to get comfortable with myself again.

After connecting with Fighting Blindness Canada I now know that I’m not alone – there are 1.5 million Canadians who are blind or partially sighted and 5.5 million Canadians with eye diseases that put them at risk of vision loss.  

My grandfather was never able to get a diagnosis for the cause of his vision loss, but medical science has come a long way since then. Not only do I know what I have, I also know that a treatment or cure for my vision loss – and for the almost 300 million people around the world with some form of vision loss - is possible in my lifetime and theirs. Research is the key and research costs money.

That’s why I’ve decided to walk across Canada, from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia in 2021 to raise funds for research leading to future treatments and cures. I want to see Canada before I can’t see it anymore and I want my walk to mean something.

Please walk with me by sponsoring me and sharing my journey.

If you’d like more information about how my preparations for the walk are going, please follow me on Instagram @LookingForward2021 and through our regularly updated blog at www.LookingForward2021.ca.

Thank you,

John Forman

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Supporters

Hugh Tye left a message
May 8, 2020 6:21 PM
This is an inspiring undertaking, John. We will continue to support you in this journey. Hugh and Julianne
Mike left a message
May 8, 2020 6:03 PM
An awesome adventure and challenge, John. I'm minded of the old Irish blessing about having the wind always at your back,the sun always on your face and the road always rising up to meet you, but that may be a bit much to hope for over 7,000K! :) I'm proud to support you and wish you all the best in a truly admirable endeavour.
Dalia Eisen left a message
May 8, 2020 6:01 PM
Good luck, John!!! So proud of you!!
Cathy Musselman left a message
May 8, 2020 5:48 PM
Everyone here @ Silver Birch Alpacas wishes you well on your inspirational journey! Good Luck and think about a stop in Napanee on your way across the country! Cathy
Pira Kumarasamy left a message
May 8, 2020 5:43 PM
John, this is amazing! Can't wait to follow the journey.
Perry Katz left a message
May 8, 2020 5:35 PM
You have inspired me and many others. Go from strength to strength.
Dave Reynolds left a message
May 8, 2020 5:07 PM
Good luck on your hike, John! Hope you reach your fundraising goal!
Byron Bellows left a message
May 8, 2020 5:02 PM
Good luck with your journey John! I am thrilled to support you honouring your amazing Grandmother, Dr. Joan Vale.
Janet Maxwell left a message
May 8, 2020 5:00 PM
Best wishes, John! This will be an amazing walk.
Emily Pronio left a message
May 8, 2020 3:19 PM
John we wish you all the best on your walk. You are a smart, strong and motivated young man, that has a lot going for him. Let these strengths help you to rise above the challenges you face, and help you to become more powerful. Cheers!
G Hamedani donated $100.00
Apr 29, 2020 12:00 AM
Margaret Ann Andrews donated $100.00
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Savvas Kotsopoulos donated $100.00
Mar 3, 2020 12:00 AM
J Androsoff donated $200.00
Feb 13, 2020 12:00 AM
Hugh Tye donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 11, 2020 12:00 AM
Erol Toprak donated $200.00
Feb 9, 2020 12:00 AM
Joanie Richard donated $200.00
Feb 9, 2020 12:00 AM
Ali Baniasadi donated $500.00
Feb 9, 2020 12:00 AM
John Gould donated $250.00
Feb 8, 2020 12:00 AM
Crestwood School donated $500.00
Feb 7, 2020 12:00 AM
Mike Wren donated $500.00
Feb 7, 2020 12:00 AM
Zachary Matthew Feld donated $150.00
Feb 7, 2020 12:00 AM
Aurora Wills donated $100.00
Feb 7, 2020 12:00 AM
Kristen Vandenberg & Chris Newbert donated $300.00
Feb 6, 2020 12:00 AM
Geoff Marinangeli donated $100.00
Feb 6, 2020 12:00 AM
Cathy Musselman donated $100.00
Feb 6, 2020 12:00 AM
Pira Kumarasamy donated $100.00
Feb 6, 2020 12:00 AM
Byron Bellows donated $500.00
Feb 5, 2020 12:00 AM
Marco Maduri donated $250.00
Feb 5, 2020 12:00 AM
Livia Maduri donated $1,000.00
Feb 5, 2020 12:00 AM
David Reynolds donated $200.00
Feb 5, 2020 12:00 AM
Perry Katz donated $100.00
Feb 5, 2020 12:00 AM
Ry Vieira donated an undisclosed amount
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Janet Maxwell donated an undisclosed amount
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Steve and Karen Falkingham donated an undisclosed amount
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Karen Goodwillie donated $300.00
Feb 4, 2020 12:00 AM
Michael and Brenda Evans donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 4, 2020 12:00 AM
John Forman donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 4, 2020 12:00 AM
Chris de Corneille donated $50.00
Feb 4, 2020 12:00 AM
Emily Pronio donated $50.00
Feb 4, 2020 12:00 AM
Stuart Chaimberg donated $200.00
Feb 4, 2020 12:00 AM
Janet Forman donated $1,000.00
Feb 3, 2020 12:00 AM