If you went blind today you’d still have all your memories of everything you’ve ever seen. For instance, if you’ve been to Disney World or France, you’d have mental pictures to remember them by. A six-year-old, however, doesn’t have all these experiences to know what everything looks like. That’s the reality for Cailee Herrell, a six-year-old girl who’s going blind because of a medical condition.
She was only two when she was diagnosed with familial exudative vitreoretinopathy, better known as FEVR. This condition could cause Cailee to totally lose her eyesight before age ten when her eyes stop growing. Although she’s already undergone quite a bit of surgery to help her eyes, she’s still been preparing for blindness by using a cane and learning to read braille.
In December, Cailee had a large hemorrhage and had to be taken to a hospital in California. Cailee’s mom, Catrina Frost, took her to the Imperial Sand Dunes while they were in Cali, and noticed how much her daughter enjoyed playing there. She realized she wanted to take Cailee everywhere she could, so she’d have these memories if she did lose all of her vision. This is how the ‘sightseeing bucket list’ was born.
Catrina started an online crowdfunding campaign so she could take her daughter to Disney Land, and it was shared wildly online. Cailee was able to visit Disney and meet all of the princesses except for Aurora and Jasmine. She’s also visited Sea World and the beach. There are many other future destinations Cailee and her mom are planning to visit, including attending New York Fashion Week (amazing) and taking cooking classes.
This amazing little girl only has a few years to see what most of us have a lifetime to take in. If you want to hear more about Cailee and her bucket list, check out the video above!