Hometown: Shelby, Ohio
Diagnosis: Stargardt’s Disease
Mason has needed to wear eyeglasses since he was 3 years old. But last year, his parents noticed something was different. Mason was having more difficulty seeing. He was no longer able to catch a ball as well and was sitting very close to the television. They hoped that he just needed a new pair of prescription glasses. Unfortunately, they learned that Mason was dealing with something much bigger.
Mason has been diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a progressive, inherited retinal disease which causes central vision loss. There is no treatment or cure at this time.
This has not stopped Mason from being brave, maintaining his positive attitude, and continuing to do well in school. He enjoys horseback riding, telling jokes, riding his bike and playing video and board games. He is also an avid WWE wrestling fan.
Lately, Mason has also been doing a little traveling and experiencing life so that he can build up his visual memories. One of his favorite places to visit is the Humane Society to see the animals.
What Does Nationwide Children's Hospital Mean to Mason’s Mom?
“Nationwide Children's to me, means courage. It is a place where I have seen my child demonstrate courage and bravery while facing a life-altering situation. Throughout all the appointments, the staff has been positive and empowering to him. I will always think back on the days of testing and not knowing and remember the courage he had shown and the courage he continues to show every day. I will always smile and think about how proud of him I am.”