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Pair of optometrists donate vision gift to Camp Courageous


Camp Courageous in Jones County will welcome a group of visually impaired campers July 2nd, and a new toy is waiting for them.

The camp provides opportunities for social and personal growth within a supportive environment. Campers learn to try a variety of creative and challenging activities and experience success.

The camp, located in Jones County, received a surprise donation on Monday.

Dr. Gary Fisher and Dr. Philllip Fitch work at Sigma Eyehealth.

Their Monticello location is just minutes from Camp Courageous.  They knew the camp would benefit from a low-vision reading machine.  These devices are capable of enlarging reading materials and much more.

"They can use it for anything from threading a needle to reading.  There are for more applications than just print magnifications. We decided this was the perfect place to place it.  We just wanted to give back to the camp.  I think it will benefit a lot of people that way," said Dr. Fisher.

Kristen Farrar lives with Stargardt's disease. The condition impairs her vision. She calls her gig as a counselor at Camp Courageous her dream job. Each day, she encourages guests to leave their disabilities at the front gate.  She says the machine will help these campers feel just like everyone else.

"I hold a dollar bill close to my face and I can't see it, but with this I can. So it's just really cool.  It will also help us read.  Taking any book that everyone else is reading and being able to put it under there is just cool because I want to read the latest things that are out!" said Farrar.

The machine's value is estimated at about a $1,000.  Sigma Eyehealth plans to donate more of the magnifiers to Camp Courageous in the future.

"The Eschenbach CCTV has been described as the "Rolls Royce" of low vision reading machines.  I know the camp will utilize it and all of its capabilities," said Fisher.

"It's just so thoughtful.  I hope these doctors know we'll use this.  Even the small kids will use it to see things during nature activities, like leaves and feathers.  Thank you so much," said Fararr.



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