My Journey to eSight – Part 3

Yesterday was a huge day in my campaign to raise funds for eSight. From the first donation, I was overwhelmed by the generosity shown by so many friends and friends of friends. I was primarily posting my page on Facebook, and occasionally twitter. So many of my Facebook friends shared the post to encourage their friends to give what they could.

As of Friday afternoon, I was at 53% of my goal and was hopeful that i could have eSight by sometime in the summer. Earlier in the week, I was asked to help out a local company that I knew well. They wish to not be mentioned. They said they were moving to Mac and wanted my help. I said sure. I arrived at the company and they took me to the conference room. They offered me a seat in front of a laptop and I said. “that’s not a Mac.” They said they knew and that the Macs were being brought in soon.

The CEO entered and mentioned that they were having difficulty connecting to the big screen TV. Then he started talking to me about a new mission and vision for his company. It was well stated and I even talked about some mission and vision ideas with him. A lively and fun conversation.

Then he asked one of the other people in the room to give me her laptop and for me to take a look. She said, “can you see the screen?” I tried and then she zoomed in. I could see, but had to look four or five times. I knew what it said, but I couldn’t believe my eyes! This is what I saw:

The goal was reached by a nearly $5000 contribution!!! Goal met! Needless to say, I was overwhelmed. Tears, gratitude, and relief were what I was experiencing.

Without the support of everyone who contributed, I would not have reached this milestone. I am grateful to all of you. In particular, I wish to thank Marisa, my Mom, and my daughters Joey and Holly for being there for me all of the time and for giving me encouragement, love, and support.

When I first tried eSight on March 31, I wanted to take it home with me. It is a miracle piece of technology. But I never thought this would happen so quickly!

So, what’s next? eSight will start to make my eSight glasses on Monday. I will speak with them on Monday morning. I am going with black glasses. It will take about 4 weeks to make them,. I am hoping to be using eSight on my birthday, which is June the 2nd.

I will keep updating here regarding progress. This technology is changing lives for the better. I will keep sharing eSight news. If you know anyone who is visually impaired, encourage them to check out eSight.

Thanks for stopping by. I welcome your comments and questions.

Peace, and God’s Blessings to you all!

My Journey to eSight Part 2

My campaign to raise the funds so that i can get eSight glasses is moving along well. These glasses represent a true miracle for me. Since I was 15, I never believed that I would ever truly see, and now that is possible and going to happen!

eSight’s mission is “Everyone Deserves To See”, and they truly follow that mission. They have been very helpful to me. And a quick search for eSight on Google News shows stories of people who now can see thanks to this life-changing technology.

Here is another video from my first eSight experience on March 31st 2017. This is an “in the moment” video.

It was so strange to walk through the hotel lobby and see as I haven’t in so long. I truly think that my brain wasn’t ready! It was an overwhelming experience.

As of this writing, I am at 41% of my goal in less than 2 weeks. That is due to the tremendous support of those who have donated so far. Like so many people I know, I don’t have $9995 available. eSight knows that most people don’t/ And they hope to make this miracle even more affordable in the future. As Of now, insurance dose not cover this, and it should. So fundraising is the way!

You can learn more about eSight here. 

And here is the link to my support page.  Thanks for any donation that you can give, big or small, they all help!

Thanks for reading. I welcome your comments.

My Journey To eSight – Part 1

As many of you know, I was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease when I was 15. (a long time ago) Stargardt’s is an inherited retina disorder that takes away central vision, leaving peripheral vision. There is no cure. I don’t drive, can’t easily recognize faces, need magnification to read, , use text to speech on my Mac and iPhone, and use hand-held telescopes to see things at a distance.

I have been blessed in so many ways.  When I was young, my family encouraged me to believe in what I could do, not what I couldn’t. I have had so many rides from kind friends and families. Life is good. But now it is about to get even better!

On March 31st, Marisa and I met my daughters and my Mom at the Homewood Suites in Philadelphia to meet with a rep from a company called eSight.  This incredible company has created a pair of glasses that enable people like me to see.

Brandon from eSight was great. He explained how the glasses worked and then had me read some numbers on a chart with my regular glasses. As usual, I could only see the big ones! Then came the transformative moment. He put the eSight glasses on me, showed me some basic control functions and them…I could see!

I now know that eSight will change my life forever. It is, however, and expensive device, and understandably so. Insurance does not cover it, even though it is the only treatment for what i have.  The cost is $9995.00.  Since most people don’t have that much cash available, eSight has a platform for us to raise the money with no fees. Every cent raised goes to my glasses. Once the money is raised, it will take about 4 weeks to make my glasses. (mine will be black) I am hoping to have them by the summer to have the time to get used to them so that when the school year starts in September, I will be ready.

Many of my friends have already generously supported me. As of this post, I am at 28% of the goal. I am so grateful for the support that I have received and for the support that I will receive.  Hoping to be Jordy soon!

So, if you can, please donate to my campaign to get my eSight and see again!  Here is a link to my page on eSight.

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