Splish! Splash! 52 people, representing 15 families, played, chatted, and splashed their way around both pools at Rainier Beach Pool last weekend.
Fearless swimmers dove or jumped off the high dive board into the deep end. Others swam laps, or played Marco Polo. Thrill seekers zoomed down the water slide. Younger kids splashed in the beach zone, had fun with noodles, and played in the currents of the lazy river. There was also ample opportunity to take a break and relax in the hot tub with friends.
Each child with a visual impairment went home with a heart-shaped box of delicious Godiva chocolates, donated by a neighbor who had a surplus of chocolates from a corporate event.
A big thank you to Seattle Parks and Recreation for helping us to host this event.
We huddled in the "Party room" at the back of the Paint Away! studio in Redmond last weekend. One table of artists painted a ceramic piece of their choice, and the other group cut and arranged colored glass pieces to create a nightlight. Parents and kids chatted and ate snacks as they worked. The creations all looked superb at the end.
Thanks to everyone who generously supported our fundraising drive to buy more Icares for the Icare lending library at Duke Eye Center! We just received an email from Dr. Sharon Freedman:
I am happy to report that three boxes of Icare units have arrived and are sitting in my desk, waiting to be opened and put into use with the lending library!
Special thanks to Mr. John Floyd, the General Manager of Icare USA, and Dr. Sharon Freedman, for making the lending library a succes, and for helping so many other families to control their kid's glaucoma.
For this year's Winter Break, I was fortunate to go to Park City, and have daily lessons with the National Ability Center. I’m terrified of skiing down a steep slope, and as a beginner, all slopes seemed steep to me. The first day, I stayed on the magic carpet for most of class, and the slow pace felt good. The 2nd day, I was on the beginner chair, and then a more advanced chair. I went on a short blue run, and was not sure I could do it. I kept pushing forward. On the 3rd day, my instructor Eric said his mission was to get me to trust my equipment over the next few days, and to stop being afraid. No fear allowed!
Our Valentine's Party last weekend was lots of fun! We had fun decorating cookies and making Valentine’s cards, and several other arts and crafts projects. I also taught some of the kids how to make duct tape roses and origami hearts. It was awesome to see the people who came get to know one another.
Thanks to your support of Saving Kids’ Sight, thirteen new Icare tonometers were loaned out to families this year, to help prevent glaucoma from stealing their child’s sight. Measuring their child’s eye pressure three times a day and reporting back to Dr. Sharon Freedman at Duke Eye Center, not only helps to manage their child’s advanced glaucoma, but is also helping hundreds of ophthalmologists around the world to better understand and treat childhood glaucoma.
Please consider a gift to support our goals for 2017. We have a generous donor who will match all donations from now through December 31st up to a total of $10,000. Donations can be made through our Fiscal Sponsor, Residence Partners NFP, by clicking the DONATE! button above.
In 2017, with your support, we can help more children who are battling glaucoma. We currently have the opportunity to purchase refurbished units at half price ($1,995 instead of $3,995). Please help us to purchase 12 more Icares for beating childhood glaucoma in 2017.
Thanks so much for your generous support,
Dr. Sharon Freedman, shows Karen Crozier how to use a tonometer with her son Quinn Crozier at the Duke Eye Center. Sarah Smale raised money to buy a library of tonometers. The instruments, which are used to check glaucoma pressures, will be loaned out to other patients to bring home.
Shawn Rocco/Duke Health
A few months ago, I posted some of the art I created, using watercolor pencils and pastels I got for Christmas. Since then, I have experiemtned with many styles, and got lots of practice during my fundraising art-a-thon. Recently, I have enjoyed drawing anime and My Little Pony. Follow me on Deviant Art and Instagram.
The goal of my blog is to increase awareness of childhood glaucoma and other eye diseases, and to unite kids like me living with visual impairment.