Words by Tess Becker
The South Korean pop group, Girls’ Generation, is making waves. One of its members, Sooyoung, has donated 300 million KRW, or around $223,975, to an organization working to find a cure for blindness.
Sooyoung has a particular interest in helping the blind due to her father's retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic eye disorder that eventually causes vision loss as cells in the retina break down slowly over time. Her father, Choi Jeong Nam has been a massive proponent of blindness research, even founding the Korean Foundation Fighting Blindness in the early 2000s.
Sooyoung’s donation was sent to Soonchunhyang University Bucheon Hospital, helping establish a “patient investment fund” called Retina 1.
“We appreciate the efforts made by Korean research teams developing treatment for rare diseases,” Sooyoung said in a statement. “I'm truly excited to contribute to a worthwhile cause that will bring about meaningful change for patients.”
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