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​Announcing the 2017 AFI “Make a Miracle” Conference

Since Aniridia Foundation International’s inception, we have hosted and funded nine “Make a Miracle” conferences for the Aniridia Syndrome community to spread information to all, bring together physicians and researchers to merge the divide between clinic and lab knowledge, and further research through funding and data collection support.  

This year marks the 15th year since Aniridia Foundation International was founded as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. If you ever wanted to attend our Make a Miracle conferences – this would be the one. In the past, we have been at hotels which have high costs of lodging and food catering, but our 2017 conference will be the most affordable. We hope all our members will be able to join us for this special celebration conference. 

We listened to previous conference surveys and this conference will have:

More events and interactive presentation sessions with the experts.
Family resort and affordable cost – no need to have to choose between taking a family vacation and attending the conference – now you can do both!
Venue with activities and low food costs that accommodate all income levels.
Great child care and teen programs included in registration. Kids can have fun while parents are in presentations and many make long-lasting friendships.
Events to meet others and get involved to keep the momentum going.
The conference this year will be in the beautiful mountain area of Lake Junaluska, NC (28 miles west of Asheville, NC) with presentations beginning at 9:00 am, Wednesday, Aug 2, and ending on Sunday Aug 6. AFI will provide limited seats for discounted shuttles from Asheville airport (AVL) on Tuesday and departures to the airport on Sunday (register early to get a seat).

Individuals and families who register for the conference will receive ongoing conference updates of schedules, events, VIP invites, etc as they are finalized. However, examples of the presentation topic areas and events will be:

Ophthalmic (glaucoma, cornea, retina and their treatments, low vision, medications, the Ataluren clinical trial and more)
Research (data reports from what we have learned, ongoing research with opportunities to help and future research)
Medical (diabetes, eczema, insulin resistance, metabolism, Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Autism Spectrum and Asperger’s, and more).
Roundtable Discussions – Learn and share experiences with others and the experts.
Social and Events – Welcome cookout, pontoon boat ride with history of Lake Junaluska named for Cherokee Indian Chief Junaluska, bonfire, “Walk for Sight” event, Corn hole tournament, Moms / Dads night out, Grandparents group gatherings and our big 15th anniversary “Make a Miracle” Gala and keynote speaker.

Conference registration packets were sent out to all current members and donors. Active members will receive member discounts and have first chance to register for the limited meeting space. 

If room allows, we will open registration to others during the late registration period.

Please note registration due dates below and on your registration form to determine registration costs.  

Early member registration by invitation: (member discount rate) Your form & fees arrive April 16th – May 7th
Member registration by invitation: Your form & fees arrive May 8th – May 29th
Late registration: Your form and fees arrive May 30th – June 20th 

If you are new to the Aniridia Syndrome community, have never been an AFI member, would like to become actively involved in Aniridia Foundation International and attend the conference, please register under JOIN AFI and notate your interest on the membership form and we will contact you.