I was born with a cataract. My ophthalmologist, Brian Campolattaro, removed it when I was nine weeks old so that I had the best chance of having vision. I had a second surgery at the age of five. It occurred to me then, that I could do something to help other children in similar situations. Rather than sit around worrying, children and their families should have something to ease their minds while in the hospital. So, I began distributing toys and books in a pediatric surgical unit to children waiting to have surgery, and speaking with the families to assure them that their child will be just fine. The more time I spent in the hospital, the more I learned that not everyone is as fortunate as I am to receive care. Many people in this country and around the world do not have access to doctors, hospitals, medicine, glasses, therapy, etc.
I recall sitting with a mother and father for hours one afternoon while they waited for their blind baby to have a cornea transplant. They flew to New York City from somewhere in the Caribbean because not only were corneas available for baby Carl, but a doctor had agreed to donate the surgery and another family made it possible for them to travel here. I learned then, that although there are so many needy children and families... there are so many generous people in this world. I created Vision for and from Children to raise money to help those children get the care they so desperately need, and with the generosity and dedication of other children and adults… like you!
It is my hope that together, you and I, will help many children see the world around them. I thank you for sharing your vision of a better world with me… with my cause… with Vision for and from Children… and with the children it serves… because THOSE children may lack sight, but not VISION.
Vision: definition ~
"The ability... to think about... or plan the future... with imagination or wisdom. A mental image... of what the future will... or could... be... like.”
With love and appreciation,