When my son Bennett was born, he was a beautiful, healthy baby boy. My husband and I couldn’t have been happier.
But 10 weeks later, we got shocking news that knocked us off our feet – our little boy had a rare eye disease called juvenile retinoschisis and there was no cure.
What we learned was frightening and discouraging. The doctors told us that Bennett would have impaired vision his entire life and may even lose his sight completely.
That was a body blow I was not prepared for. It felt so cruel that all our hopes and dreams for our infant child could be snatched away so quickly.
Bennett has endured many, many painful surgeries and procedures since then and is now 13 years old. There is still no cure so he continues to live with the imminent risk of losing his vision entirely. I’m a parent who is constantly torn between protecting my dear son’s precious sight and letting him be a regular kid.
Looking ahead, I worry about him, and fear the day he will no longer be able to see.
That’s where you can help. You can make vision treatments a reality for kids like Bennett by making a donation to the FFB’s Let’s Bring the Fight campaign. No gift is too small to help and a generous donor is matching all gifts, up to a total of $20,000!
As a mom, the thought of Bennett living his life with complete vision is so hopeful and promising. And your support is so encouraging. Please donate whatever you can today to give the gift of sight to children and families living with vision loss.
From a mother with gratitude for what you give,
Rhonda Pick (Bennett’s Mom)