Northern Lights Chapter Highlights

Top Youth Volunteers In Each State Selected In 18thAnnual National Awards Program

Louie McGee
State Honoree

Louie McGee, 12, of St. Paul, Minn., a sixth-grader at Highland Catholic School, leads a team that has raised more than $40,000 over the past six years by participating in an annual fundraising walk to fight diseases that cause blindness, like the one that afflicts him. He was diagnosed at age 5 with a rare retinal ailment that causes a loss of central vision. "This disease steadily steals my vision," said Louie. "Since there is no treatment or cure, it is very important that I work to raise money for science and research to preserve and restore my vision – and that of others."

Soon after being diagnosed, Louie and his family learned about the Foundation Fighting Blindness and its yearly 5K fundraising "VisionWalk" in the Twin Cities. Louie decided to form a team to participate, and has since collected over $40,000 for the foundation. For the past two years, he has served as youth chair of the entire fundraiser. Louie also organized a "Dining in the Dark" event in his school cafeteria last fall to raise money and give fellow students a glimpse into the lives of the visually impaired; 300 kids attended and ate with special light-blocking masks. "I think kids around me know now that it's a lot harder to do things when you can't see well," said Louie.

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