This Legally Blind Fourth Grader's Community Came Together To Give Him The Gift Of Sight For His Birthday This Year!

Ten-year-old Andrew Borden has been legally blind, essentially since birth. But thanks to his friends, family, and community and an eSight 3 visor, this fourth grader from Maryville, Tennessee can finally see! Find out more here!

Calvin Straw
Created By Calvin Straw
On May 12, 2017
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On Friday, May 5, Andrew Borden's fourth grade class had a very special assembly, which he was told would be to present a gift to the whole grade. Little did he know, the ceremony was just for him. His classmates, their families, and their entire community had come together to raise enough money for Andrew to get a custom-made eSight 3 visor, which for the price of $10,000, would finally allow the legally blind child to see clearly.

Andrew Borden
These glasses brought me from a faraway distance of 2,200 to 20/20. This would make things a whole lot easier, from reading to just playing games in class, on the computers.
Andrew Borden, ABC News, May 10, 2017

Andrew's parents, Justin and Jennifer Borden, had already gotten him fitted for the visor, but as soon as they returned home from doing so, they set up a GoFundMe page to help them make Andrew's vision possible. Within days, friends and neighbors had donated more than $15,000 to get Andrew the help he needed to see.

Jennifer Borden
I think we cried every day that our GoFundMe page was up. It's huge to realize that you have that kind of community.
Jennifer Borden, ABC News, May 10, 2017

One of Andrew's teachers, Renee Powell, also spoke about how exciting it was to see the community come together for Andrew.

We knew as a community we could do it because we have a small community but we have big hearts and we love our community members. Andrew is one of the most special, little guys I've ever worked with. It's just a dream come true for everyone here.
We knew as a community we could do it because we have a small community but we have big hearts and we love our community members. Andrew is one of the most special, little guys I've ever worked with. It's just a dream come true for everyone here.
Renee Powell, ABC News, May 10, 2017

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