30 September 2014

To See the Northern Lights, Before He Goes Blind

Nine-year-old Ben Pierce of Dallas was born four months early and weighed just 22 ounces.
"We were warned that he may be blind and deaf and have cerebral palsy among some of the other challenges," said his mother, Heidi.

The boy has overcome many challenges but is quickly losing his eyesight, and realizing his vision is worsening, the family decided to create a list of things to see before he is blind.
Alaska was high on the list, and on the trip here he has seen the Aurora and ridden on a dog sled with Iditarod racer Aliy Zirkle.

"It's really beautiful and pretty," Ben said of the Northern Lights. "It's like water colors going across the sky."

The family plans trips to Turner Falls, Oklahoma, to see Native American dancing, and to visit London and Paris next year.

Rage, rage against the dying of the light. ~ Dylan Thomas


Vicki said...

So many would just wait, wallowing in self pity. God bless that child and those who are giving him the memories to hold on to when his world goes dark. I seriously doubt if I would have that kind of courage.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

+1 Vicki.

Rev. Paul said...

Vicki, agreed. So many passively accept what comes their way, with nary a peep.

WSF - thanks.

Sandy said...

Rev. Paul,

Wow, what a story. This little guy is amazing. I hope he's able to set everything on his list.

Rev. Paul said...

Sandy, it seems he's well on his way. I'm just glad his parents can afford to give him the opportunity. :)

Anonymous said...

I am glad he is getting a chance to see these sights and our state.
And it is wonderful, that his family has the means to do this for him.
Never give up on hope or faith.
God has plans for you.

Rev. Paul said...

Amen, sir - well said!