Boy Going Blind Sees Dream Come True

Louie Corbett on mission to complete a visual bucket list

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 7, 2014 11:27 AM CST

(Newser) – Louie Corbett's dream was to see the Boston Celtics play ball—a dream made all the more urgent due to the 12-year-old's degenerative eye disease that has stolen 50% of his sight in the past year alone and will soon render him blind. This week, the New Zealand boy had his wish granted at Boston's TD Garden where he was given a standing ovation at center court, got to shoot hoops with the team, met with players in the locker room, and was given a first-row seat to see his favorite team in action, reports WCVB. "He cares about nothing else," says his mom.

But the Boston stop is only one on an international sightseeing tour of all the things Louie wants to see before his disease, retinitis pigmentosa, robs him of his sight; his two older brothers have the disease, too, KSDK notes. It's a tour funded in part by Warren Casey, CEO of a Boston-based software firm, who also happens to be the Corbetts' Auckland neighbor. As Louie's story spread, the donations and favors poured in. Also on Louie's visual bucket list: the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, the Empire State Building, and ... Google headquarters, CNN reports, some of which have already been knocked off, adds KSDK. "This year we're going to try and fill his world with as many beautiful images as we can," says his mom.

Boston Celtics small forward Jeff Green (8) dunks the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Boston.
Boston Celtics small forward Jeff Green (8) dunks the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Boston.   (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
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