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Stephon Receives the Gift of Sight

Stephon with his new glasses Credits: Nicole Hargrove

Plainfield, NJ -  A few weeks ago TAPInto Plainfield reported on Stephon Roach, a 10 yr old Plainfield resident who was diagnosed at the age of 6 months with Optic Nerve Hyploplasia (ONH), an underdevelopment of the optic nerve in one or both eyes. ONH results in vision loss at varying levels, visual field impairment and color vision loss and is the leading cause of blindness in children. 

A benefit flag football game was organized by Stephon’s  grandmother, Pat Roach, chairperson for the Plainfield Vikings and Anthony Broy of the Ones Who Care organization to raise funds needed to give Stephon the gift of sight thru the purchase of specialized glasses called eSight Eyewear .

Last Sunday we were informed that the fundraiser was successful and Stephon was surprised with the new glasses on his birthday. 

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Nicole Hargrove, Stephon's mother said to those who supported their efforts, "I just want to thank everyone that took the time to read my sons story and helped me reach the goal under 2 months. Your patience and time is greatly appreciated! Again, thank you for helping me, help my son see!" 

In a previous article Stephon’s mother described her son’s experience with the specialized glasses:

 Stephon is now 10 years old and struggles with daily life routines.  He cannot walk to school by himself and we live around the corner he must take a bus and a aid has to help him on and off, he cannot see if a car is coming down the street, he can only see about 2-3 feet in front of him.  Stephon cannot play sports as he cannot see baseballs being thrown at him or see the hoop at gym room height to shoot a basketball. My son has to sit up close to the board and use magnifying glasses to read what the teacher writes on the smart boards and to do his homework.  My son has to use the elevator in school as walking down the steps is a struggle, with the amount of kids in school he is very cautious and has to take his time and does not want to fall and in case of a fire drill he needs to have a buddy and hope they lead him in the right direction to safety. 

We recently did a demonstration for eSight Eyewear, and from the moment my son put those glasses on his face he couldn't stop himself from smiling, no matter how hard he tried.  During the 28 minute demonstration my son read "GO PLACES" at first I was wondering where he was reading that from, and when I looked out the window it was a billboard from across the highway.  I wanted to cry and jump for joy at the same time. We live 2 houses away from a STOP sign and my son cannot read that until we are basically 2-3 feet away from it.  This was the moment that I knew a miracle was happening. He went from seeing just a few feet to reading a sign across the highway, I will never forget that moment and neither will my son.”

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