When a man first saw his wife’s face, he had only two words.
One in 8,000 of them will be diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease, a rare genetic eye disease caused by the accumulation of fatty material in the area of the retina necessary for sharp central vision. The disease causes gradual blindness in those affected, as happened to Jean Purdy.
Gene reveals the truth behind the saying, “Love is blind.” He had a crush on Joy and was first stabbed when she shook her hand at him and he ignored her. Ouch, Joy asked Gene why he was “pretending not to see her,” I asked. That minor obstacle didn’t stop them from dating and getting married. They created a family. Gene and Joy had a son.
One day, when she was watching Rachael Ray’s show, Joy saw the eSight visual of her rig. Joy immediately wrote to Rachel Ray and tried her luck to get on the show.
Rachel Ray returned to Joy and invited the couple to the show. Rachel told her live audience in her studio how excited she was for Gene and Joy.
When Jean put on his glasses, she brought his world into focus. When Gene saw Joy’s face for the first time, the whole room became emotional.
“Oh, she’s pretty,” he said.
Then Jean turned her gaze to her son and the audience wept with him.
Rachael Ray offered Gene $15,000 visual rig to never forget the faces of his wife and son.