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This fundraiser ended on 02/10/13

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A child that is faced with so many challenges, but have a future that could be so bright.

I saw this beautiful little girl on Facebook one day and wondered what was wrong with her. What brought me to ask that question is, her eyes were open, but they had a really funny tint to them. I later found out that she was blind. So, I decided to look a little further into more pictures of this little angel to see that she had cast on her legs as well. After a couple of months of looking at pictures and watching her, I decided to reach out to her mother.

I am a runner and I wanted to dedicate my runs to her. My initial goal was to find a way to raise money for her through running, but I never could find a great plan. It was just so many things I had to go through to get it started. I wanted to her to have immediate assistance.

Her name is Kaislee McCoy. Kaislee is a one year old who suffers from a rare genetic disease caused by the deletion of Chromosome #6. The deletion of this Chromosome impairs embryonic development of the eyes. The syndrome is called Iridogoniodysgeneis. Less than 200,000 people in the world suffer from this.

Kaislee was born with cataracts and glaucoma. Her eyes did not open until 2.5 weeks after she was born and then only in dimly lit areas. She has o iris tissue and light hurts her eyes. After removing the cataract, her eyes went from very high pressure to very low pressure and stopped producing fluids at all. Since birth she's had 5 surgeries and the doctors stated that they have done all they can, unless new technology is developed that would benefit her.

Along with her syndrome, Kaislee was born with club feet and has endured 2 surgeries, worn casts and bar shoes to correct it. Doctors thought that she may also be deaf, but audiologists have proven that to be false.

Kaislee is being taken care of along with her big sister Khaysyn, by their mother Brittany Vinson. It is sometime hard for to do everything on her own, but she have an awesome support system from her mother, step-mother and other family members and friends.

Kaislee's teachers and physical therapist play a major role in her development and day to day activities.
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