Through Ricky's Eyes

$3,357 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 42 people in 62 months
Ricky was experiencing extreme sudden changes in his vision. He went to the ER where at first the doctors diagnosed Ricky with Optic Neuritis and began IV Steroid treatment right away. After a few days of steroid treatment there was no visual improvement so the doctors had to dig deeper. After many tests Ricky was diagnosed with LHON (Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy) a mitochondrial disease of the optic nerve causing vision loss. He was officially diagnosed in October 2013 at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Ricky now sees a Neuro-Ophthalmalogist and a Low Vision specialist. He is currently taking Idebenone, which is a supplement to help to stabilize his vision, although his vision will not improve with this it will hopefully stop this disease from progressing. Ricky is 23 years old and was due to graduate this year in a profession that he will no longer be able to perform with his visual acuity. We have been working on getting the tools that Ricky will need in order to live his life as independently as he can. He can no longer drive or enjoy the everyday things we take for granted. Please help by donating to Ricky's fund, we are truely grateful!
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I want to thank everybody for the love, support and donations while I have been going through this life changing disease. It is certainly not the worst thing that could have ever happened to me although it is something that is altered the way to live my life. I will be making my next purchase for my idebenone supplement. My vision has been maintaining, so I strongly believe that taking idebenone has reduced or halted the progression. I will continue to update everyone on anything new. Do keep me in your prayers and thoughts. I will be posting a new donation link later this year to fundraiser for idebenone and any opportunities that become present to me though need financial support. Thanks again! -Ricky
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Ricky made his first #speech talking about #LHON he says " I was nervous but it went great from what I am told. it is pretty cool to share my story and the steps I had to take to get through losing my visionand hopefully it impacts some people. #lowvision #uiw #rso"
First Speech about LHON!
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Thank you all again for your continued love and support. Ricky has been adjusting well to life in Texas. He will be starting school in January 2015 and will also be able to enjoy playing a sport that was developed for blind athletes. It is called Goalball. I am so happy for my brother and can't wait to see him next week. Please keep spreading awareness for LHON. Please share Ricky's go fund me page. We still need support and donations for Ricky. Thank you so much! #cureLHON
My Brother, My Hero!
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We want to thank you all for your continued love and support
through our journey of hoping for and finding a cure for
LHON! My brother Ricky is following his heart and moving to
Texas to be with the love of his life Amy. Ricky and Amy will continue his fight and healthcare in Texas while my Family and I continue the fight
here. Please continue to love, pray for and support my
brother. Like and Share his Facebook page Through Ricky's
Eyes and don't forget to share his Go Fund Me page ( ) as well. Thank you again!


Angel and Family
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Raised by 42 people in 62 months
Created April 5, 2014
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Jessica Szumla
56 months ago
Fereshteh Gerayli
58 months ago

Hi Angel, you don't know me, but I'm Bana's mom. I'm very touched by what your brother is going through and what you're doing to help him. All the best wishes.

Erin Donohue
59 months ago

Ricky, I wish the best for you. I hope things get better soon! :)

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Jenny Wilson
59 months ago

Wish I could do more to help out such a kind and deserving guy. Always keeping him in my thoughts, and I stand in his corner in support of a cure for this. I hope this will help in some small way. Love to you all!

Amanda Shafie
60 months ago

You are all in my thoughts in prayers. Donations are wonderful, but keeping faith is what will really get you through this difficult time. Love you guys :)

Brittany W.
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