7-year-old needs $10,000 glasses to see; mother asking community for help in reaching goal

Posted at 7:57 PM, Mar 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-29 23:38:43-04

Vision is something many take for granted, but for a 7-year-old Oklahoma girl it's a dream she longs to see come to fruition.

Through a doorway, a young girl practices her love for music, but she has an even greater love. A love for a pair of glasses.

They’re not just any glasses, but glasses that would give her somewhat of a clear vision.

"I can see the colors on the guitars,” said 7-year-old Payton Crum.

Crum normally wears glasses to protect the vision she has left, but accidentally forgot them Wednesday morning.

Within the first 12 hours of Crum’s birth her mother says she had a seizure.

Doctors diagnosed her with Optical Nerve Hypoplasia, a condition where the optic nerve is underdeveloped.

It's like looking through a toilet paper roll with wax paper over the end. Which, she doesn't know that's what it looks like, that's just what it looks like to her,” said Paige Mannon, Crum’s mother.

Legally, Crum is blind. She’s a first grader at Oklahoma School of the Blind in Muskogee.

"I can tell time, but not really,” said Crum.

At this point, to help her, Crum needs E-Sight glasses, which cost $10,000.

"They're black and there's like a waist band that goes around your head and then you strap in on your back,” said Crum.

Her mother has held countless fundraisers and so far, has been able to raise $6,500.

"What we see at 20 feet is like 250 feet to her. But in her right eye which is her bad eye, what we see at 20 feet is like 2,000 feet to her,” said Mannon.

But the $6,500 isn’t enough. Mannon wants her daughter to see just like the rest of the world. "The glasses are electronic and they just bring everything in for her."

As they work together to raise money, Crum thanks her mother for trying so hard.

"I just love her so much,” said Crum.

The family still needs about $4,000. Click here for more information, or to donate to the family.

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