PRESTONSBURG – A community is pulling together to help one of their fellow citizens in Floyd County. Legally blind since birth, Blake Fannin was able to see his mom’s face for the first time recently with the help of a new technology called eSight Glasses. Now, there’s an effort to purchase eSight Glasses for Fannin.
Diagnosed with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia, which means he has almost no vision because the optic nerves are underdeveloped, Fannin and his mother, Sonya Roberts, while watching television, heard about a new technology called eSight that had the possibility of helping individuals to improve their vision.
Roberts scheduled Fannin for a demonstration of the new technology and to their amazement, he could actually see things at a distance. During the demonstration, Fannin had almost normal vision.
The glasses use computer technology to magnify what the user is viewing. They can hook up directly to a computer or to a TV to help the user see what is on the screen.
“This new technology will improve Blake’s quality of life,” Roberts said. “He will be more confident, independent and outgoing. This will totally change his world.”
Although this is a need that would improve Fannin’s life, insurance will not cover the cost of the glasses, which is $15,000.
Thanks to the generosity of the citizens of Floyd County, Fannin is well on his way to having enough money to purchase the eSight Glasses. The following businesses or individuals have pledged to help Fannin meet his goal: ABCO Security, Pig In A Poke, Rick Hughes, Amy Hughes, Tammy Cramer, Mark Lopez, Brian Nelson, Nora Absher, CV Reynolds Law Firm, Allen Bolling, Paintsville Auto Brokers, Chris Belcher, John Hunt and Rebecca Moon Hunt. Pop’s Chevrolet raised over $2,100 and the ladies from Foxy Fitness raised $2662.20. Fannin also has a GoFundMe account where individuals can go online from home and donate. The GoFundMe page is esights4Blake. One individual who donated to eSights4Blake lived in Alaska. The story about this amazing young man and his fight to get the sight he prays for daily has touched the hearts of many. The eSights4Blake GoFundMe page has raised $9,200 in one month.
“We are about $1,000 away from our goal of $15,000,” Roberts said. “The outpouring of love and support we have received from the community has been overwhelming. To see so many people want to help Blake is an amazing feeling. He is a wonderful young man who enjoys meeting everyone while working as a door greeter at Walmart. eSight Glasses will give him better mobility to work independently at the job he loves.”
Anyone who would like to help Fannin meet his goal of $15,000 can visit City National Bank, which has an account set up named eSights4Blake. Donations may also be made at Fannin’s GoFundMe page or by messaging Roberts on Facebook.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.