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Thanks for a Lifetime

August 2012

Ellen raises money for BostonSight each year in thanks for Dad Bill's treatment

Dear Boston Foundation for Sight,

Hi, it’s me, Ellen.  I’m not sure if you remember me, but I make an annual donation to BFS because it is a truly amazing place.  I’m not sure how long I’ve done this for – since the seventh grade, I think.  I’m a junior in high school now, and still continuing the tradition.  You’ve really helped my dad, and a donation hardly begins to say thank you.

The summer before going into the fifth grade, my dad was diagnosed with Stevens Johnson syndrome (SJS).  By the time he was finally out of the hospital, both his eyes had been seriously damaged and we didn’t know if he’d be able to see again.  Yet through this dark time, BFS became a very bright light.  While Dad was permanently blind in one eye, he has been able to regain sight in the other.  This miracle was only possible through the wonderful work of BFS. Now, using his device, Dad can see again.  While it may not be perfect, it is an infinite improvement.

I still remember the night I got to Boston and Dad could see me again.  I remember the hug he gave me and the smile on his face.  Although he greeted me with his usual, “Hey, Beautiful!” I knew there was something profoundly different about this greeting.

So, thank you.  For many things – many moments, many smiles, many memories.  I don’t need to recount all of them for you to know how important BFS is to me.  All I can give you in return is a measly $130 donation in thanks for a lifetime.


Ellen R. Jacobus

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