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This is the Tim Peterson visual fund. All funds will be used for Tim's medical costs and related expenses not covered by his insurance.

My name is Mary(Heady) Peterson, my family and I are trying to raise money for my son, Timothy Peterson, for medical care that is not covered by insurance.

Our goal is to help make Tim's life as a disabled and legally blind young man easier.

Four years ago Tim was just a normal 16 year old student attending Carmel High School. He was part of the National Honor Society. He was looking forward to getting his permit and thinking about going to college. After months of dibilitating headaches "Migraines" the doctor told us, Tim collapsed and his life was never the same. Tim didnt have migraines, Tim had a tumor.

Tim underwent three surgeries to remove a brain tumor (AVM) from the back of his left occipital lobe of his brain. The surgery left Tim with neurological, memory and physical disabilities. But worst of all, a serious visual disability. The surgeons removed his brain tumor that was embedded in his right visual field. Tim is now legally blind, and suffers from left neglect and Homonymous Hemianopsia. To explain to someone what that means; if Tim places his hands on a steering wheel at 10 and 2, Tim only sees his left hand and whats on the left. He does not see the center of the wheel, his right hand, the passenger seat, or the road on the right. The right does not exist in Tim’s visual world. Going to the movies, Tim sees only ¼ of the left half of the screen, so he never sees the whole picture. Reading, he can only see four letters at a time. Try reading an entire page this way. Reading is trying and frustrating.

Just walking down the street without seeing his surroundings puts him in harms way everyday. Tim has fallen down stairs, off sidewalks; he's been knocked down for bumping into someone or something. He has been physically grabbed and threatened becasue he didn't see the person he bumped into. He has broken his arms and hands many times, twice in the past year from falling, this just making life more challenging.

Depression on top of everyday life struggles weigh heavy on Tim.

I promised Tim that I would not stop until I found the answers and the care he would need to get back to as close to a normal life as possible. I DID! We found a Doctor in Georgia which evaluated Tim and has neurological & visual technologies that Tim can benefit from. Though he has had other therapies, even his doctor's here in NY say this technology is the best chance for Tim. This is just not available here in NY

With the new advanced technology and a prism system added to special glasses, it will increase Tim’s ability to see 52% more of whats been missing on the right. MOST importantly, he will read 36% better. To Tim, this is the miracle he has been praying for.

The only way to make this happen for Tim is to try and raise awareness and fundraise the $17,000 it will cost to get Tim back to Georgia for 3 weeks and get what he calls his MIRACLE!

Tim will always be disabled, but we can improve his quality of life!

It’s so hard to ask for help and I know we are in a time of financial hardship, but for me to give my son this chance, his miracle, I have no other choice. I am asking for your help so that my family and I can give Tim this gift. As a mother with a child with needs, you are sometimes left feeling desperate & with out hope! Tim's medicaid insurance covers none of these costs.

Any donation would be appreciated, as you can see we have a lot to raise. Please pass this along to anyone you know. The more people who get this, the better chance we may have at getting the help Tim needs.

Please help US help Tim!!!

You may also send a check to:

Dr. Daniel Gottlieb
Gottlieb Vision Center
Parsons Meadow Professional Park
10700 Medlock Bridge Road
Suite 103
Johns Creek, Georgia 30097
(678) 417-9778
Just put Tim Peterson's Miracle on the memo.
or
Mary Peterson
C/0 NTC Enterprises
PO Box 1299, Carmel NY 10512
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