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.
Last Sunday, I spent the whole day doing art to raise money for Saving Kids' Sight. I loved coming up with ideas, and putting them to paper, for a great cause. The Art-A-Thon was so successful that I continued to draw through the week, adding some whimsical subjects as well. Over $900 has been raised, which is awesome!
Only two more people before it’s my turn… I stand nervous-excitedly, awaiting my turn to break a board. My friends are scared and want me to go first, before deciding whether to have a go themselves. I glance outside to see my mom and other moms handing out donuts and lemonade. People are also getting hand massages. My friend Annie is helping out with registration.
Now it’s my turn. I am instructed to write a message on my board. I draw a heart using a Sharpie marker. Sensei positions the board on cinder blocks. I raise my hand up and bring it down hard. My board smashes beneath me. Feelings of satisfaction and achievement flood me. My friends realize that they can be successful too, and line up for their turn.
It was a fun afternoon for my first fundraiser at the ZUltimate self defense studio where I learn Kempo karate. About fifty people came to break boards and we raised over five thousand dollars.
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.