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Help Visually Impaired Kids See

$68,117 of $130,000 goal

Raised by 247 people in 2 months
My name is Joel Gomez. I am 14 years old and I was born with legal blindness. But because of eSight, a pair of unbelievable electronic glasses, I can now see.  And now, I want to help gift sight forward, so I have teamed up with the amazing team at eSight to launch this campaign. 

Because I have lived with visual impairment my whole life,  I know how hard it can be to see the board in the classroom, safely cross the street when you cannot read the sign, and not be able to see the faces of your friends and family. So I started the #TogetherWeSee movement because I want to raise the $130,000 needed to help 13 other legally blind children get eSight and see their loved ones by Father's Day (June 17th). 

100% of funds raised will be spread equally across the 13 children, so that they can all get their eSight, together. You can read about some of their stories below.

Any additional funds raised will go towards one of the many other children fundraising for their eSight.

Whether you make a donation or share our story with friends and family, every little bit will help them see.

Thank you, and please remember, that together we see.


**These donations are not tax deductible. Any donations made that are not in USD will be converted at the current rate. Although no fees will be charged by GoFundMe, please check with your banking institution about fees related to international charges.

**All donations raised on this campaign will be withdrawn by eSight Eyewear's financial administrator Brian Mech and go directly to the organization."



Who are you going to help?
Here are the stories of some of the incredible children you will be helping give the gift of sight. The 13 children are located across four different continents and live with various eye conditions; but they all share one thing in common, with your help, they will be able to see.



Meet Gustav, the Animal Rescuer.
Gustav is 11 years old and lives in Gauteng, South Africa. At six weeks old he was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer that left him losing complete vision in one of his eyes. Then just before his 5th birthday, his family noticed complications in his healthy eye, Retinopathy, which resulted from his past chemotherapy treatments. So now, Gustav has to be brave every single month as he sits in a chair, and receives injections to help preserve his remaining sight.

With his vision deteriorating, school is becoming more and more challenging. He is struggling to keep up with his classmates because he cannot read independently or see the board clearly from the front of the class.

But when Gustav closes his eyes and dreams of what he wants to be when he grows up, his vision is clear: Gustav hopes to open an animal rescue centre to save the lives and protect the South African wildlife. And this will not be an easy feat. In order to realize this dream, Gustav will have to shine in his academic studies so he can persevere through the rigorous selection process.

And that is why his parents dream for their son to get eSight, so Gustav can see, be a kid, and fulfill his dream to change the world.

                                 


Meet Katalaya, The Showstopper
Katalaya is 5 years old and lives in Michigan, USA. At  5 months old, she was diagnosed with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia (ONH) and could only see a few colours and shadows. But despite living in a world of few colours, she radiates everyone around her with her colourful personality.

This is especially true when it comes to school and music. Katalaya loves school. She loves her teachers, learning and spending time with her classmates. In fact, she will get upset if she misses the school bus. And when it comes to music, rhythm is in her blood. She follows in the footsteps of her mom, Alexis. Katalaya loves all of her musical toys and will try to sing along to every tune she hears.

Alexis only hopes that Katalya’s passion for school and music will thrive. And with eSight, she will be able to actually read the sheet music and the textbooks, so that she can take both the music and academic world, by storm.

                                    


Meet Thiago, The Soccer Star and Video Game Designer
Thiago is 7 years old and lives in Ontario, Canada. Thiago was born with PHPV, a rare eye condition that  leads to blurred and hazy vision. But that does not stop Thiago from doing what most boys his age love, playing soccer and video games.

At school, Thiago can be a little shy. He is scared to raise his hand in the classroom, because he isn’t sure if he is reading things correctly and does not want to be wrong. But on the soccer field or behind the screen, his personality truly shines through. When Thiago puts on his cleats, he channels the energy of his favourite soccer player, Cristiano Ronaldo. And when he is at home, he is wearing his designer hat and glued to Roblox; designing his very own games.

In fact, when he grows up, he wants to be both an incredible soccer player, and a video game designer– you could say he is keeping his options open. And with eSight, his parents feel that he can confidently take on whatever path (or paths) he chooses.

                                          


Meet Jewell, The Country Singer and Aspiring Teacher

Jewell is 8 years old and lives in Missouri, USA. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 7th, 2010, Jewell’s mom Heather was having what she thought was a mild headache. Pregnant with Jewell for seven months now, she went to the hospital where she was told that she had to have an emergency birthing procedure. Jewell was then born weighing just over 2lbs and with the visual impairment, Optic Nerve Hypoplasia (ONH).

Jewell is a country girl through and through. When she isn’t singing and dancing along to country music, she is running around the yard, or spending time with her family. Jewell also loves school. In fact, she loves school so much, that when she grows up, she either wants to become a teacher. 

Her mom, Heather, only dreams for her daughter to be able to see her face and the world around her. And with eSight, she can.

                               


Meet Gabriel, The Genius

Gabriel is 14 years old and lives In Bucuresti, Romania. Less than a year ago, he was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a juvenile form of Macular Degeneration. In only a few months, his healthy vision was reduced to only 10% remaining.

Despite his visual impairment, Gabriel absolutely thrives in school He is now attending the very best high school in Ploiesti and is extremely good at math and physics. He is also incredibly passionate about computer games and music.

This past month, his family went to an eSight Affiliate Distributor in Romania to explore assistive devices. He was too nervous to request trying eSight, because he knew it was something his family could not afford. But after being convinced to try it, he was astonished. It worked. Gabriel could see, and this finally brought a smile to this solemn teenager’s face.

With University around the corner and an incredibly bright future ahead, Gabriel and his parents  dream of a future with sight. And with eSight, there is no doubt that Gabriel will be unstoppable.



There are millions of children around the world living with vision loss. Together, we can help them see. 
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