As founder and guitarist for Twisted Sister, Jay Jay French is used to making a lot of noise onstage, but now he is raising his voice to scream “We’re Not Gonna Take It” for another reason: to promote awareness of uveitis. His 17-year-old daughter, Samantha, has been battling the ocular disease since she was first diagnosed with it at age six. Uveitis creates swelling and irritation of the uvea, the middle layer of the eye that provides most of the blood supply to the retina, and this inflammation causes white blood cells to attack the problem, mistaking part of its body for something foreign; if unchecked, uveitis can lead to glaucoma and ultimately blindness. There is only one specialist in the country that has a research facility devoted to finding a cure, and French wants to help change that. On top of a benefit concert being performed by Twisted Sister at the Best Buy Theater in NYC on April 29, a special guitar and amplifier auction is being held on May 1 in Boston.
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Uveitis and Steroid-Sparing Therapy
Presented by C. Stephen Foster, MD, FACS, FACR
Audio-Digest Ophthalmology Volume 56, Issue 15