Andrew's fight for sight
Team Member: Stephanie Brownell
Andrew's Fight for Sight wrote -
My son Andrew is 14 years old. He was diagnosed with an eye disease that is called keratoconus 3 years ago in his left eye. Keratoconus is an eye disease that affects the structure of the cornea. The cornea is the clear tissue covering the front of the eye. The shape of the cornea slowly changes from the normal round shape to a cone shape that causes the eye bulge out and this causes vision problems. A last resort is a cornea transplant, and this is something that we are trying to avoid at this time. This involves removing the center of the cornea and replacing it with a donor cornea that is stitched into place and will need to be replaced every 10 years. Now this eye disease has gone into his right eye and his doctor wants him to get a corneal cross linking treatment done before it gets just as bad as his left eye. Corneal crosslinking treatment is a custom-made riboflavin drops that saturate the cornea, which is then activated by ultraviolet light. This process has been shown in laboratory and clinical studies to increase the amount of collagen cross-linking in the cornea and strengthen the cornea. Collagen crosslinking is not a cure for keratoconus and is not FDA approved in the US, however they have been doing this in Canada and Europe for years. There are some doctors here in the US that will do the surgery but we have to pay out of pocket. That's why I'm here asking for help. As a parent I will do ANYTHING for my children, just like any other parent would do :) I want the best care for my son!! I have been studying this since we found out about his eye condition. I will travel anywhere to help save my sons eye site. We are going to Boston soon to get a second opinion to see what would be the best options for my son. No child or person should have to go through this. My son Andrew is a great kid and is very active. He loves baseball, building tree forts, riding his dirt bike, going for bike rides, playing games on his phone and Xbox 360 and most of all spending time with his little brothers, family and friends. He also will be wanting to get his license in a couple years. This eye disease is starting to effect all the things he loves to do as a teenager. This is also why it's so important to us and why we are doing all this so we can make sure that he can experience all of these first time experiences that every child should get the chance to have as part of growing up. We are just trying to raise enough money for his surgeries as well as his traveling expenses. Every dollar will be appreciated and will help towards Andrew's fight for sight. THANK YOU!!!!