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Teen and supporters raise money for vision loss

CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- Hundreds are expected to pick up their bats and hit the ball field to help a teen and others fighting vision loss.
    
The second annual Fight for Sight Tournament the weekend of August 29th, 2014, on the Westside.  It will benefit the Foundation for Fighting Blindness. 

Ladies were busy at the Lohmiller house.  They will be volunteers for the event and were putting together gift baskets to raffle.  Connor's a sophomore at Elder High School.  He's a teen who loves sports but it's harder for him to play it since he developed Stargardt's Disease.  It's a rare eye condition that causes vision loss.

"You know he's been doing well.  We got some good news in the past month that he really hasn't lost a whole lot of vision in the past year," said Frank Lohmiller, Connor's dad.
   
Despite the disease, Connor still keeps a smile and does his homework to keep good grades.  And he's excited about the second tournament.

"I'm hoping to hit a home run, hit a couple, I guess," Connor told Local 12.

Last year at The Hollow in Sayler Park Connor's softball tournament raised $15,000.  Then the group came together again for another event called Vision Walk.  Between the two events the group was able to raise $22,000 for charity.

For last year's tournament friends and strangers came together to support a good cause.  The turnout was inspiring and there were between 200 and 300 people at one time just enjoying the good food and camaraderie.  Frank Lohmiller is confident that people will show up again to help people fighting vision loss.

"We don't know if there will ever be a cure for what Connor has, but what we're doing will help raise money for research that could benefit somebody else," said Frank.

The "Fight for Sight" softball tournament runs from Friday thru Sunday at The Hollow in Sayler Park. 

CLICK HERE if you'd like to help with the 2014 "Vision Walk"



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