Auction Helps Family With Trip and Treatment Costs

A Bowling Green family is preparing for a trip to China in the next week in hopes that treatment will help their son regain his sight.

Ten-month-old Jackson Blackford was born with optic nerve hypoplasia.

The condition left him legally blind.

Jackson is one of five children worldwide selected for a research study using umbilical cord stem cells.

An auction was held on Oct. 6 at American Legion Post 23 in Bowling Green to help raise money for Jackson's trip to China and treatment, which cost $60,000.

"They've done three of the five children so far. Jackson will be the fourth one and so far all three children have gained some vision from this treatment so we're real hopeful for it," assured Jackson's mother, Rachael Stayer.

Jackson and his parents leave on Oct. 15 to go to China.


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