Fighting to travel before I'm blind

$13,710 of $15k goal

Raised by 285 people in 21 months
Destiny Rachael Trina Nash
on behalf of Matthew Yeoman
 CHEVAK, AK
Hello,

My name is Destiny Nash from Chevak, Alaska. I have retina pegmontosa, inherited degenerative eye disease that causes severe vision impairment. I have had this condition since birth and my vision is progressivly getting worse. Currently my acuity is 20/200 in my left eye and 40/200 in my right eye, I will eventully lose all of my vision.

Even though Alaska is a beautiful state, I have never left Alaska, my dream has been to travel to the lower 48 and see the West Coast. I will need to stay at hotels along the way and I can not drive so plan to use public transportation. I would like to visit Seattle, Portland and California on my way down the West Coast. I also hope to visit the National Parks along the way. Depending on how many resources I can generate, I would like to expand my visit to maybe NY, Florida, Washington D.C. I am 18 years old and I am uncertain how much longer I will have my vision. Please help me make my dream of traveling the U.S come true.
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Update 23
Posted by Destiny Nash
7 months ago
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THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT, IT WAS A DREAM TRIP!

We visited Seattle, San Francisco, Disneyland, Grand Canyon, Michigan, Canada, Niagara Falls, NY and went on an amazing cruise.

Thank you to all who supported us and to Matt Yeoman & Sue Wilson from Travel Navigator for planning the trip.

I will never forget it.

-Destiny
At the Grand Canyon!
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Update 22
Posted by Destiny Nash
9 months ago
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Thanks to all of the supporters of this fund Destiny is traveling to the lower 48 on her dream trip. First she will be on a Princess Cruise to Seattle and the down the west coast. Here is a pic she wanted to share of her on the cruise! Thanks again for your support. Please continue to share and donate as this can add extra adventures to her trip. -Matt
Destiny Leg 1 - Princess Cruise
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Update 21
Posted by Destiny Nash
9 months ago
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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

You all have help Destiny raise $13,000 of her $15,000 goal! WOW Thank you internet, Thank you GoFundMe!

I am so happy for her and what this trip means to her, dream can come true.

UPDATE: Destiny and Grandma are all booked for one amazing trip, 7 day cruise, time in Seattle, San Fran, Disneyland, Grand Canyon, Michigan and New York. This is all because of you!

We really need to reach the goal of $15,000 to make sure all expenses are covered, right now she has enough to make the trip happen but not a lot of flexibility. I would personally feel more comfortable if she had the full $15,000 to cover everything and leave a little room for special things like fancy dinners, additional attractions, unexpected cab rides and a plush Mickey Mouse! Sorry my inner Disney geek came out a little there...

Thank you all for your continued support and this is proof that when great people get together anything is possible. Keep sharing and keep donating!

-Matt
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Update 20
Posted by Destiny Nash
10 months ago
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Hello,

This is Matt. I wanted to post a update to all the supporters, the trip is planned and booked! We are now looking to all of you to help us raise the rest of the money to reach the goal of $15,000. The trip came to around $10,000 and will last about 1 month. Destiny and her Grandma will use the remaining money for food, cab rides, attractions, taxes, misc and tips. We have also purchased travel insurance to cover any major medical issues that could come up or travel delays. I have hopes of also sending Destiny back to Alaska with $1000 so she could travel back to San Francisco to attend a school for the blind to teach her independence. This will change her life! Besides, grandma told me too, I always respect a grandma's wishes.

I also want to share that Sue Wilson from Travel Navigator has been working with me tirelessly to book this trip. Calls early, calls late, changes in the trip, she is a ROCK STAR! If you even need a travel agent please reach out to her and she will handle everything!

Sue Wilson
Travel Navigator LLC
PO Box 161
Chippewa Lake, MI 49320
231-867-3309

I thank all of you for your support and I spoke with Destiny this morning and she is very excited, so excited she is having a hard time sleeping! I know the feeling. Remember this is a dream of hers, when your dreams come true it changes your life.

Keep sharing and donating!

Matt
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Jackie Purcell
21 months ago
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Pulling for you Destiny! You are brave and strong.

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Marty Starks
20 months ago
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Please do another update Des', and maybe include a pic with your Grandma, who will be your travel companion. Take care!

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Howie Shi
16 months ago
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Can someone contact Ellen or something? This girl deserves to visit the lower 48 at any cost. Destiny, keep fighting and stay strong...

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Rachael Van Oranje
16 months ago
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2

Come to Houston, Texas, Destiny! It's not very pretty, but it's the 4th largest city population in the U.S. we have beaches, a big, beautiful skyline, and NASA! And the best food in the country :) I'd be happy to show you and your grandma around the city and some southern hospitality :)

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Gracie Lanla
16 months ago
2
2

Be strong, best wish for you!

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Sheri Sedgeley
16 months ago
2
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How wonderful! Please contact my sorority Delta Gamma. Our philanthropy is for the blind.

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David Smith
16 months ago
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Shayna Rowe has a great idea that could be expanded for Destiny through out the lower 48. Safe places to stay for a few days in each state and each host could show Destiny around where they live before she moved on to the next safe house.

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Shayna Rowe
16 months ago
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Amazing! My best to you... If you travel through Tennessee, I can offer you a safe place to stay while you pass through. I am in Hardin County. I serious, and I can be reached at (731)614-8477 :)

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Crystal Elaine Casares
2 months ago

Ill help you i want you to see all that you can see so blessed you got to visit my home town seattle wa you will be in my prays

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David S. Smith
7 months ago

Happy to see you got to see part of the lower 48 and you did see some awesome sites, the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls are two I have seen and they are something.

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Justin Bazan
8 months ago

Safe Travles! Enjoy!

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Patricia Fick
9 months ago

Hope you are having an amazing trip Destiny! Jesus loves you and so does our Alaska Mission Team!

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Marty Starks
15 months ago

LOVE the pic of you and Grandma! Cute jacket, too! Hugs to ya... Cant wait for your travels to begin!

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GN Paul
16 months ago

www.oneikathetraveller.com ASKED ADVICE FROM https://www.facebook.com/OneikaTheTraveller/

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GN Paul
16 months ago

The Are Catholic Saints you Pray to for you vision Saint Prayer to Saint Lucy This prayer to Saint Lucy is mainly for people looking for a healing of eye

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Dawn Garland
16 months ago

We would host your stay in Washington! We have losts of experiences we could show you on both sides of the state. Contact me on facebook if you're heading this way! https://www.facebook.com/dawn.garland.39

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Jess Czerny
16 months ago

I am sure you are already constantly bombarded with the best doctors and retinal specialists giving you information, but I thought I would give you a couple other resources if you want them. http://archopht.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1149524 Of course it's only one study and be sure to talk to you doctor about it, since they are high doses of vitamins that can have side effects, but the studies on vitamin A with omega 3 may be helpful to some

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Suzanne Fagan
16 months ago

Hi there...I came across your post and am wondering if you know about Google's e-sight "glasses" for the legally blind? I am not sure if they pertain to your particular circumstance, but do know that they have a requirement of 20/200 vision for them to work. My 90 year old mom was a candidate before she passed away, that's how I learned about it. This may be an avenue you have already explored, but wanted to mention, just incase. Their website is very helpful and informative as well as their representatives by phone. Best of luck to you.

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Alvina Atcherian Imgalrea
16 months ago

Nicole Harper do you know who to contact at Alaska Airlines? If anyone knows how to contact Oprah Winfrey or Ellen or Make a wish foundation please leave a comment. Thanks.

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Nicole Harper
16 months ago

Has anyone thought of donating miles or contacted Alaska Airlines about this young woman?

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$13,710 of $15k goal

Raised by 285 people in 21 months
Created July 23, 2015
Destiny Rachael Trina Nash  
on behalf of Matthew Yeoman
$10
Zach Theilman
1 day ago
$20
Althaea Greenstone
21 days ago

Enjoy your trip!

DO
$5
David Okolelov
25 days ago
$20
Anonymous
26 days ago
BS
$50
Bianco Stefano
27 days ago
MW
$5
Madeleine Weisenburg
1 month ago
$5
Anonymous
1 month ago
$10
Anonymous
1 month ago
$10
Addie Naglich
1 month ago

Grew up in the Portland/Seattle area and no one should go without seeing its beauty! I hope you have a wonderful trip.

PF
$10
Pedro Flores
1 month ago
Jackie Purcell
21 months ago
6
6

Pulling for you Destiny! You are brave and strong.

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Marty Starks
20 months ago
4
4

Please do another update Des', and maybe include a pic with your Grandma, who will be your travel companion. Take care!

+ Read More
Howie Shi
16 months ago
3
3

Can someone contact Ellen or something? This girl deserves to visit the lower 48 at any cost. Destiny, keep fighting and stay strong...

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Rachael Van Oranje
16 months ago
2
2

Come to Houston, Texas, Destiny! It's not very pretty, but it's the 4th largest city population in the U.S. we have beaches, a big, beautiful skyline, and NASA! And the best food in the country :) I'd be happy to show you and your grandma around the city and some southern hospitality :)

+ Read More
Gracie Lanla
16 months ago
2
2

Be strong, best wish for you!

+ Read More
Sheri Sedgeley
16 months ago
2
2

How wonderful! Please contact my sorority Delta Gamma. Our philanthropy is for the blind.

+ Read More
David Smith
16 months ago
1
1

Shayna Rowe has a great idea that could be expanded for Destiny through out the lower 48. Safe places to stay for a few days in each state and each host could show Destiny around where they live before she moved on to the next safe house.

+ Read More
Shayna Rowe
16 months ago
1
1

Amazing! My best to you... If you travel through Tennessee, I can offer you a safe place to stay while you pass through. I am in Hardin County. I serious, and I can be reached at (731)614-8477 :)

+ Read More
Crystal Elaine Casares
2 months ago

Ill help you i want you to see all that you can see so blessed you got to visit my home town seattle wa you will be in my prays

+ Read More
David S. Smith
7 months ago

Happy to see you got to see part of the lower 48 and you did see some awesome sites, the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls are two I have seen and they are something.

+ Read More
Justin Bazan
8 months ago

Safe Travles! Enjoy!

+ Read More
Patricia Fick
9 months ago

Hope you are having an amazing trip Destiny! Jesus loves you and so does our Alaska Mission Team!

+ Read More
Marty Starks
15 months ago

LOVE the pic of you and Grandma! Cute jacket, too! Hugs to ya... Cant wait for your travels to begin!

+ Read More
GN Paul
16 months ago

www.oneikathetraveller.com ASKED ADVICE FROM https://www.facebook.com/OneikaTheTraveller/

+ Read More
GN Paul
16 months ago

The Are Catholic Saints you Pray to for you vision Saint Prayer to Saint Lucy This prayer to Saint Lucy is mainly for people looking for a healing of eye

+ Read More
Dawn Garland
16 months ago

We would host your stay in Washington! We have losts of experiences we could show you on both sides of the state. Contact me on facebook if you're heading this way! https://www.facebook.com/dawn.garland.39

+ Read More
Jess Czerny
16 months ago

I am sure you are already constantly bombarded with the best doctors and retinal specialists giving you information, but I thought I would give you a couple other resources if you want them. http://archopht.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1149524 Of course it's only one study and be sure to talk to you doctor about it, since they are high doses of vitamins that can have side effects, but the studies on vitamin A with omega 3 may be helpful to some

+ Read More
Suzanne Fagan
16 months ago

Hi there...I came across your post and am wondering if you know about Google's e-sight "glasses" for the legally blind? I am not sure if they pertain to your particular circumstance, but do know that they have a requirement of 20/200 vision for them to work. My 90 year old mom was a candidate before she passed away, that's how I learned about it. This may be an avenue you have already explored, but wanted to mention, just incase. Their website is very helpful and informative as well as their representatives by phone. Best of luck to you.

+ Read More
Alvina Atcherian Imgalrea
16 months ago

Nicole Harper do you know who to contact at Alaska Airlines? If anyone knows how to contact Oprah Winfrey or Ellen or Make a wish foundation please leave a comment. Thanks.

+ Read More
Nicole Harper
16 months ago

Has anyone thought of donating miles or contacted Alaska Airlines about this young woman?

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