Family raising money to give gift of sight

Posted at 10:27 PM, Apr 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-30 08:30:36-04

"To give him the opportunity, to be able to experience the independence," said Francette Bechtle holding back tears.  

Her words are a mother's hope, that her son will one day see the world like everyone else.

"He was diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition called Cone-Rod Dystrophy back in 2009," said Bechtle.

Dennis Bechtle, now 13, is legally blind, but the future is looking brighter everyday.

While Dennis is a straight A student, he has to use an array of devices to actually complete his homework or even watch TV. He's forced to ask other classmates for help because he can't see the front of the classroom. His family now has their sights on something new, a device called E-sight.

"It's the only thing out there that's actually been able to help me," said Dennis. "There's a camera right between your eyes on the glasses and then there's two like television screens that you would be looking into that show whatever the camera shows."

The futuristic looking goggles allow the user to enlarge images, change colors and contrast, sending Dennis' vision from 20/200 to an unbelievable 20/20. The cost for that vision $15,000.

The family is now trying to raise that money through a series of fund raisers and a go fund me page, so one day Dennis can experience life the way it was meant to be.

"It would open up a whole new world, he would be able to see things he used to see when he was very little," said Bechtle.

If you would like to help Dennis see a whole new world click here to donate.