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Seeing Clearly: Union County Athlete Receives Glasses for the First Time

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Joe Crawford and sister, Fredria Smith, with two Opening Eyes volunteers

Suffering from headaches and often squinting to see better, it was clear Crawford needed to get his eyes checked. When attending class at South Piedmont Community College, he often couldn’t tell the difference between a seven and a one on the board. It wasn’t long before Crawford’s sister, Fredria Smith, took him to the eye doctor. However, the doctor told Smith that he would not be giving Crawford glasses.

A few weeks later, Smith, who is Crawford’s Unified partner for bowling, encouraged her brother to go to the Healthy Athletes screenings being offered during Summer Games. Together, they visited Special Smiles and Healthy Hearing. Expecting to be told the same information as before, they slowly and unenthusiastically made their way to Opening Eyes, which provides free vision screening and assistance to athletes.

But they were pleasantly surprised to hear these words: “Ma’am, we can make Joe a pair of glasses right here, right now and for free!”

About Me:

I am the Communications Manager for Special Olympics North Carolina.

Related:

http://sonc.net/seeing-clearly/