Every so often I get smacked in the face with the reality that like it or not, Lucy's vision is deteriorating.
It hits me like a ton of bricks.
The latest realization was when she told Dave a while ago in a sing-songy voice: "When it's the daytime my eyes are blue, but when it's night-time they turn black."
My heart aches to think that some day she may not be able to see the colors she makes her beautiful art with, (Seriously, I'll have to write more about this later, and I'm a little biased, but I think she is such a great artist.)
It makes me sick to think that those beautiful blue eyes may not be able to see the things around her...us, the beauty of the world around her, her friends, and her possible future family.
Our third annual Vision Walk is coming up in a couple weeks.
(That was last year.)
It is essentially a fund raiser to help raise money to help fight blindness.
And man alive do we ever want to fight it around here.
Last year my sister-in-law called at the last minute and found out about the Vision Walk purely by coincidence. It had come up in a conversation kind of on accident. She and her family jumped at the chance to join us and I got a little bit chastised for not publicizing the event a little earlier.
I'm always hesitant to ask people to join us because I know Saturdays are rough. I know they are busy. But I'm always looking for good opportunities to make my kids aware of what's going on in the world, including fighting things like that bad-word-in-our-family: "blindness," so I may as well make others aware of things like this. It's a great way to get kids involved in a good cause and to help them be aware of the hundreds of thousands of people who's lives are altered because they can't use those eyes of theirs.
There are myriads of different clinical trials and research threads going on, and oh how hopeful we are that something will pan out for Lucy and others who would like to continue with that gift of sight. But they need funding to be able to continue that research.
We'd love to have anyone come join us who can. Please follow this link for more information about the walk. Follow this link to join our "I Love Lucy" team on March 31st (you may have to search for the "I Love Lucy" team...not sure if that link is perfect. There is no charge for walking with us and there are all kinds of fun things for kids set up where the walk takes place. If you cannot join us for the walk but would like to make a donation to help fight Lucy's specific type of blindness, click here. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
They also need volunteers at the walk. What a great thing for youth to be involved in. Here is what it says on the website about the volunteer opportunities: "We are also recruiting volunteers to join us for the morning of the Walk. Volunteers are important members of the life line of any successful Walk. It’s a great way to participate and be a part of the day. You will receive a T-shirt and breakfast! If you or someone you know is interested in being a volunteer at the Arizona VisionWalk please contact Alayna Tatum at Atatum@FightBlindness.org."
We'd sure love to see you there in any capacity.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
(And Lucy's too.)
p.s. If anyone wants to post our vision walk link on their own blogs or Facebook to help us create awareness, please feel free! Click here for the link. We'll take any help we can get to help spread the word.