Community raises money for special glasses for girl losing eyesight

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. — Community members in Cherokee County are coming together to help a girl who is losing her eyesight.

Earlier this year, doctors diagnosed 10-year-old Lucie Ray with Stargardt’s disease.

“That was pretty crushing,” said Lucie’s father, Beau Ray.

The condition damages the retina and leads to the deterioration of central vision.

Lucie Ray is a sixth-grader at ET Booth Middle School in Woodstock.


She’s an avid softball player and a member of the Georgia Trouble traveling team.

“At softball, the ball would just not be there, it would just be blacked out to me,” said Lucie Ray.

Members of Lucie’s softball team, Cherokee County businesses and other members of the community now are raising money for a special, high-tech pair of glasses from the company E-Sight.

“They can actually move the screens inside the visor so that it projects the image into the peripheral vision around the blind spots,” Beau Ray said.

The father of one of Lucie’s classmates is organizing a fundraiser Thursday evening at Reformation Brewery in Woodstock from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

If you would like to donate to Lucie's fund, click here.