Finding this out was a blessing yet a shock. First, a blessing because now he knows as to why he has been struggling to see. Secondly, a shock because the many doctors he has been to has informed him that if we wait too long for surgery, he will completely lose his vision.
What makes this more difficult is our lack of finances and health insurance. It is easily around $6,000 or more for each eye, plus appointments, medication, follow-ups, and much more. Just one starter appointment is $200. This totals it to more than $15,000+. We simply cannot afford it. And this surgery needs to be done as soon as possible.
As his daughter, this brings me to tears. He's my best friend. I want my dad to be able to see me. I want him to be able to see his wife and his family. I want him to be able to see me when he walks me down the aisle this May. I want him to see my future children. For many that know my dad, he's an incredible soul. He's selfless, loves like no other, makes corny dad jokes, loves going to the movie theater, and loves getting to know other people. His passion as well as profession is photography and the amount of lives he has changed through it is incredible. Without his vision, he can no longer follow his passion. He will no longer see images, art, or real life people. When we go to the beach and get up early, he will no longer be able to see the sun rise.
He's an amazing human being, an amazing human being who needs to continue seeing.
Friends, all I ask of you is to stand alongside my family and I to pray for my dad. Please pray for healing, comfort, and that the funds will be provided for. If you feel so inclined to donate, we thank you with every ounce that we are.
Stephanie Barros + the Barros family
"The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." -Psalm 18:2