WEAR - Search Results

The following is an archived video story. The text content of that video story is available below for reference. The original video has been deleted and is no longer available.

Pensacola man creates visual memories before going blind

A young Pensacola man goes on a once-in-a-lifetime sight seeing adventure before he goes blind.
ABC's Ed Reilly shows us how its this man's last chance to create some visual memories.

For most of us, we take for granted the things that we see everyday. but imagine for a second if you were losing your vision. what would you chose to see for a last time?
I can't wait to get in them
20-year old Jonathan Heimowitz had one special wish, to see Niagara Falls.

Jonathan Heimowitz - Pensacola, Fla
Niagara Falls is way out of this world for me. its something that I never thought I would ever get to see

Jonathon has a degenerative eye disease called Retinitis Pigmatosa.
He has night blindness and no peripheral vision

Taking a toilet paper roll and cutting it in half and then looking through that toilet paper roll   That's about what I see

The disease leads to blindness and Jonathan doesn't know how much time he has left before he can no longer see

Jonathan Heimowitz - Pensacola, Fla
I know that I'm going blind but there no way to pinpoint when that date might be
This trip is the first effort of the newly formed Florida-based "Visual  Experience Foundation" created by *Michael Benson* - who has struggle with Glaucoma since he was a child - the goal is to give people like Jonathan a chance to create unique visual memories while they can.

Michael Benson - Founder
It is a give-back. I feel blessed. I was the youngest baby in the world born with Glaucoma. I had Glaucoma surgery in 1961

Thanks to the generosity of the Giacomo Hotel New York State Parks, and the Maid of the Mist - Jonathan was able to experience Niagara Falls without cost.

Ahhh!! This is awesome
It's an emotional experience as Jonathan "burns" into memory ,,The sights, sounds, and feelings.
It is something that years down the road it will be something that I can still smell.  I can still feel it

And the power of this natural wonder creates a waterfall of tears.
I have another day I get to see rather than one less day to see..

You hear it, you smell it, you can feel the mist on your face.  Amazing and definitely something I'm never going to forget