Parents Take Son on a Trip Around the World, Before He Loses His Vision
byKaitlin StanfordMar 10, 2014
Most of us dream about seeing the world in one form or another before we die. Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon, reaching the top of the Empire State Building...
But at just 12 years old, New Zealander Louis Corbett is hoping to do all that and more—and as soon as possible.
Louis isn't dying, but he is rapidly losing his sight due to a genetic disorder called retinitis pigmentosa. His parents have watched his two older brothers suffer from the disorder their whole lives, which has caused their eyesight to deteriorate over time. But Louis has unfortunately developed an accelerated version, and doctors say his eyesight will go much sooner. According to WPTV, he's already lost 50 percent of his eyesight in the last year alone.
That's why the Corbetts are determined to show their son the world before time runs out, and they've set up a crowd-funding page called "Louis' BIG Trip" to help make it a reality. On it, they explain that the trip is meant to "fill his visual database with colours, textures, shapes and sights."
Thanks to some generous friends and neighbors, the Corbetts were able to raise $20,000 in just four weeks, and have seen some pretty amazing sights so far—including Google's offices and Disneyland.
But that's not all. Their touching story has been heard near and far.
Recently, the CEO of a Boston software firm, Warren Casey, stepped in to donate his frequent flier miles and more funds on behalf of his company. And Corrine Grousbeck, a co-owner of the Boston Celtics—and, as it happens, chair member of the Perkins School for the Blind—arranged for Louis to get box seat tickets to a Celtics game, plus other fun outings in Boston. Considering the Celtics are Louis's favorite sports team in the whole world, you can pretty much guess how elated he was about that generous gift.
If you want to follow along on Louis's adventures, his dad has been posting all of the highlights on their Facebook page, Louis' Dream Trip. (And it looks awesome.)