Benton, MO blind girl reaches goal to get special glasses to see - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Benton, MO blind girl reaches goal to get special glasses to see

On July 12, 2018, we caught up with Jewell Magee and her mom Heather to see how her new electronic glasses were working. (Source: Rob Foote, KFVS) On July 12, 2018, we caught up with Jewell Magee and her mom Heather to see how her new electronic glasses were working. (Source: Rob Foote, KFVS)
Jewell trying on the glasses in Nashville for the first time. (Source: Heather Magee) Jewell trying on the glasses in Nashville for the first time. (Source: Heather Magee)
BENTON, MO (KFVS) -

On July 12, 2018, we caught up with Jewell Magee and her mom Heather to see how her new electronic glasses were working.

Heather Magee said it's going to take some time for Jewell to learn how to use her eyes because she has never had to before, but Jewell isn't the only one who has to make changes. She said she will have to transition as Jewell gains her own independence.

Heather Magee said she's glad the transition is happening now instead of when Jewell is older, she also knows this wouldn't be possible without the community's help.

"I want to say thank you to everybody, the Noon Lion's Club, I want to thank you graciously," Magee said. "I want to thank my family members who come together with my whole community who came together to help us get these glasses for my daughter because without you we wouldn't have been able to and I want to say thank you so much. It's going to change everyone's life because she's a brilliant kid and I want the world to see and I want her to see the world."

Previous Story

A worldwide campaign called #TogetherWeSee raises money so 13 legally blind children can see for the first time with eSight glasses.

Eight-year-old Jewell Magee is from Benton, Missouri and she was born with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia which has left her legally blind.

With help from the community, she now will get the gift of sight with electronic glasses. The company, eSight, has called and asked where to send the glasses.

Jewell's mom, Heather Magee, said they have to help Jewell do everything, that's why she looked up eSight a company that helps the visually impaired see with special glasses.

At a luncheon on Wednesday, June 20, the Cape Girardeau Noon Lions Club members watched the video about Jewell and afterward pledged to give $4,000 towards the purchase of the special glasses for her.

Between Lion's Club, and family donations, Jewell has enough money to get the glasses as of June 21.

Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android

"It went from there, we went to Nashville, Tennessee, we tried them on and she really likes them," said Heather.

Her mom said Jewell's reaction to the glasses was emotional because she's never seen before, but they couldn't bring the glasses home.

"There's no way that we can financially do this ourselves," said Heather.

Because of the generosity of a14-year-old boy, Joel Gomez, Jewell might be able to get the glasses after all. 

Gomez benefits from the glasses himself so he started the #TogetherWeSee movement in hopes of raising $130,000 to help 13 legally blind children get eSight and see their loved ones by Father's Day, Jewell is one of them.

"We are so lucky that she was selected to be one of them," said Heather.

#TogetherWeSee has a GoFundMe page set up and Jewell has her own personal fundraising page.

Jewell's mom explained in June:

"I'm not going to give up until she gets these glasses because if there is anything that I want to do in this world it's to help my daughter see," said Heather, "it's gonna be a great experience to see her run, to see her play, to watch TV she talks about the news all the time to see her watch the news .. it would be a wonderful, wonderful experience to see her play and enjoy life like all the other kids."    

The campaign ended on Father's Day, June 17, 2018, and even if they don't reach the $130,000 whatever money is raised will be divided among the 13 kids to go towards their eSight glasses.

Copyright 2018 KFVS. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly