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Tournament in Honor of Teen Fighting Vision Loss
This weekend, there will be a baseball tournament on the west side in honor of a local teenager fighting vision loss.
Elder freshman Connor Lohmiller was recently diagnosed with Stargardt's Disease, a condition that can lead to severe vision loss.
When people in the community heard about Connor's problems, they banded together to raise money for the Foundation for Fighting Blindness.
The baseball tournament will be at Donknue Field in Sayler Park Saturday and Sunday. The team will be for older players and a team put together by Connor.
Connor Lohmiller loves baseball which is why they're having a baseball tournament. His vision problems has made playing the sport more difficult but he still has a lot of passion for the game.
Right now, Connor is doing everything he can to stop the progression of the disease.
"I have to wear sunglasses outside or else it will hurt my vision and I'm not allowed to have vitamin A, like carrots. I'm not allowed to eat carrots because I have too much of it," he said.
One of Connor's biggest problems right now is that when he does homework, the words on his computer screen aren't as clear as they used to be.
"I kinda have to make the words and stuff bigger," he said.
He said seeing how many people support him and his plight makes dealing with his problems easier.
"It means so much to me, that I just feel loved by everybody and just all my friends giving me support and all my family and just strangers coming up to me and giving me confidence," he said.