Archive for Thursday, March 11, 2010

Letter: Thanks to city in time of need

March 11, 2010

To the editor:

On behalf of our son, Jake Potts, we offer our sincere appreciation for all the kind support he has received from the Basehor-Linwood community.

July 25, 2009 — Jake’s world forever changed when he woke up blind in his left eye. After many tests, we learned that a blood clot hemorrhaged the eye, creating a central retinal vein occlusion. Unfortunately, once a clot enters the eye, there is very little that can be done. Scars form where the blood hardens, blocking vision. CRVO research continues worldwide, and specifically, locally, through the Vision Research Foundation in Kansas City.

We especially thank Dr. Abraham Poulose and his amazing staff through Sabates Eye Centers, plus Jake’s care team through Children's Mercy Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital and the Mayo Clinic.

Jake underwent major surgery in late December, and his eye continues to heal. It is our hope that he can someday see again in that eye. A year from now, we should know more.

We are extremely grateful for the generosity and kindness of our school community — the student members of the BLHS National Honor Society who created an "eye patch" fundraiser during football season. They raised $555 in funds to go toward continued surgical procedures.

Most recently, the BLHS Powerlifting team donated $180 to the same cause. It is heartwarming and humbling to know we live in such a beautiful and kindhearted community that truly cares. Thank you.

Daryl, Tammy, Jake and Logan Potts



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