Local whiz kid needs donations for glasses

A Thurston High student is fundraising for life-changing electronic glasses. Reilly Gault is an AP level student and top musician at his school. He's also legally blind.

Posted: Dec. 1, 2017 1:22 PM

THURSTON, Ore.-- A Thurston High student is fundraising for life-changing electronic glasses. Reilly Gault is an AP level student and top musician at his school. He's also legally blind.

Reilly says a pair of electronic glasses would allow him to see normally, but his family can't foot the $10,000 bill.

Reilly told KEZI the glasses would change his life.

"With these glasses I'd be able to see practically like someone with 20-20 vision, with normal vision. I'd be able to see people's facial expressions for the first time," Gault said.

Reilly is the oldest of three children. He has a brother who is also visually impaired, and a sister, who has normal vision. Reilly and his brother have a condition called optic nerve hypoplasia. He can see at a certain distance, but anything too close or too far is blurry.

His mom, Kristin, says she noticed that Reilly's eyes would track back and fourth as a baby. The first day she picked him up from kindergarten, Reilly couldn't see her from the door. Despite challenges, Kristin says her son has always overcome every obstacle that comes his way. "We had a nurse tell us early on that he would never be able to play ball sports, that was in kindergarten. So I immediately put him into soccer," Kristin says.

Today, Reilly loves soccer, running, and golf.

His real passion, though, is music. He can play the piano, drums, marimba, and others; and he does it by ear. If he gets the glasses, Reilly says they will help him read music. That way, it will be easier to play with a band.

As far as the future, Reilly wants to become a musician or engineer. He excels in physics and math classes, and is considering MIT for college.

Reilly hopes to hold a benefit concert to raise some of the money, although he is still looking for a venue.

If you are interested in donating to Reilly's cause, visit his giving website.

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