CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The Cape Girardeau Noon Lions Club met on Wednesday, June 20 for a luncheon. As part of that meeting, Jay Knutdson stepped up to the podium to talk about a special girl that is legally blind.
Knutdson told the other Lions Club members about 8-year-old Jewell Magee from Benton, Mo.
Jewell is one of 13 children nationwide selected as part of a worldwide campaign called #TogetherWeSee. The organization is helping raise enough money to provide special eSight glasses to the children so they can see for the first time.
Lions Club members first heard about Jewell through Heartland News reporter Kelsey Anderson's story on how Jewell is looking to raise enough money to buy these special glasses.
Lions Club members watched Anderson's video and afterward pledged to give $4,000 towards the purchase of the special glasses for Jewell.
With the addition of the $4,000, this brings Jewell just over $2,000 left to get the glasses.
Jewell was born with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia which has left her legally blind.
With help from the community, this leaves her family a little closer to get the gift of sight.
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.
"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.
But, 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.
"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."