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Springfield teen thanks community for help in regaining vision

A Springfield boy hosted a thank you concert for the community who helped him raise funds for his eSight glasses.

Posted: Dec 10, 2017 10:50 PM
Updated: Dec 10, 2017 11:30 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A very special concert took place in Springfield Sunday night.

Reilly Gault is legally blind and only one very particular pair of glasses gives him the ability to see.

Both him and his younger brother, Peter Gault, have Albinism and Optic Nerve Hypoplasia, a condition that makes them blind because the back of the retina and optic nerve are underdeveloped.

“When I first saw these glasses, I was browsing the internet to look for potential cures for blindness,” Reilly said. “I always fantasized about the idea of electronic glasses.”

Reilly is referring to the eSight glasses.

When he found the glasses online, he showed them to his parents.

“We checked the price and forgot about it because it didn’t seem realistic,” he said as he explained that the glasses cost $10,000.

Reilly said he was planning to host the concert to raise funds to buy the glasses.

“We decided to take a leap of faith and just jump right into it," Reilly said.

But before the concert took place the community pitched in and raised the money. 

 “Our prayers were answered and it all happened so quickly."

The concert still happened, but this time it was intended to thank the community. The theme of the concert was ‘Never Lose Sight’.

“Well it's ironic because of my visibility, but it's now better and meaningful because never lose sight of your dreams and what you're called to do," Gault said.

They are still accepting donations to buy Peter a pair of glasses. They will also use the money for ongoing vision expenses.

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