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Alexis Papalia

I want to tell stories to the world. But first, I need your help with my story.

I've been a writer since I was in the third grade and won a local talent show with my poem “Water”. Ever  since then, writing has been my passion. I've written and edited school newspapers, started several blogs, even published a book. But I still feel like I'm missing something, like I can't tell the stories I want to tell while I can't really see the world around me.

I may have known my love of writing since I was eight, but I've been legally blind since long before that. I was born with congenital glaucoma, and I lost the vision in my left eye when I was seven months old. After a series of surgeries, the sight in my right eye was preserved, but only in a limited capacity. I've never know what it's like to see the world through the eyes of a sighted person. 

I want to be able to see and capture the mundane details of life—facial expressions, the way that leaves on trees move with the wind, the shimmer of asphalt on a hot day. These are all things I've read about in books but never actually gotten to see.

And yes, I want to experience those details, too. I want to be able to play poker and see the suits of the cards on the table. I want to be able to go camping with my husband and see the stars. I want to experience my future children's school plays like a normal parent. But my dream is to tell stories, and I've found something that can make that dream come true.

About a month ago I learned of a device called eSight. This is a headset that uses the existing vision of people with limited sight to allow us to see the world normally. This device could completely change my story, and help me tell other people's stories.

But I need your help. These devices aren't cheap and, as you know, the life of a writer doesn't often lead to great fortune. I need to raise $15,000 to procure my eSight. You can help me see the world with any donation—whether it's $5 or $50. Once I get my novel published, your copy's on me.

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