The Eyes of Christmas Broadcast 19th Annual

RPI Spreads Holiday Cheer with THE EYES OF CHRISTMAS

 19th Annual "The Eyes of Christmas"

 Television Special for the Visually Impaired Kicks-off with "It’s A Wonderful Life," Audio Described by

 Former US President George H.W. Bush on Christmas Eve and is Followed by Special Holiday Programming Hosted by

 Vin Scully and Hollywood Celebrities on Christmas Morning

PRWEB interactive Press Release

LOS ANGELES -- (December 1, 2013) – Helen Harris’ RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa) International the longest-standing non-profit organization leading the way for medical and technological advancements for the visually impaired — initiates a Holiday Season fundraising campaign. Funds raised by this year’s 18th Annual "The Eyes of Christmas" television special will go directly towards the charity’s efforts to support the visually impaired.

"The Eyes of Christmas" television special is the brainchild of blind activist and RP International (RPI) founder Helen Harris. The event features TheatreVision™ airings of Frank Capra’s "It’s A Wonderful Life," which includes an optional simulcast audio track description on the SAP channel for the visually impaired, narrated by former President George Herbert Walker Bush. NBC will air the special on December the 1st and December 24th at 8:00 p.m.

"The Eyes of Christmas" culminates in a special 30-minute program on Christmas Day at 6:00 a.m. ET on ION Television. Participating stars that will be sharing Holiday messages and support for RPI include Vin Scully Celine Dion, Garth Brooks, Reba McIntyre, Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, Bob Costas and Natalie Cole. Hollywood studios supporting the show and featuring special film trailers include Universal, Disney, Sony, Fox, and Warner Bros. Harris invites sighted viewers to tune in to take the "traveling eye test." This simple visual test is designed to help people spot possible signs of eye disorders to seek early diagnosis and treatment, possibly averting vision loss.

In addition, RPI is pleased to announce the release of Harris’ autobiography, How To Survive Losing Vision (AuthorHouse). As a homemaker in her 30s, Harris and two out of her three sons were diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa. For the next 40 years, she embarked on a mission to find a cure for blindness. The book offers her personal experiences, support and tips for anyone managing and overcoming progressive blindness due to retinal disease. It can be purchased on and at for a suggested retail price of $16.95 (paperback) and $25.95 (hardcover). The book is also available as an e-book and a Kindle version, which is text-to-speech enabled. The audio book version—read by actors William Atherton ("Ghostbusters," "Die Hard," "The Last Samurai") and Golden Globe winner Camryn Manheim ("The Practice," "The Ghost Whisperer")—will be availably by early 2012.

 The song, "The Eyes of Christmas" can also be purchased by calling RP International at (818) 992-0631.