Noah, 22, from Johnson City, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 4. On June 1 of this year, Noah was also diagnosed with “severe, end-stage proliferative diabetic retinopathy”, which will require him to undergo three procedures as well as monthly eye treatments. He is seeking help from his community to assist him in paying for his needed procedures. Without the operations and treatment advised by his doctor, he could end up completely and permanently blind within in a year.
The three procedures he needs for his left eye will be to combat the effects of the disease and are said to cost upwards of $10,000. Each treatment, which comes in the form of a shot for each eye, will cost Noah $2,000 each.
The disease Noah has, as explained by his girlfriend, causes damage to the tiny blood vessels in the retina, leading to the abnormal growth of “rogue” blood vessels that are fragile and prone to leakage. The build-up of these abnormal and dying blood vessels can cause scarring and cell loss that can lead to the detachment of the retina and result in permanent blindness.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up in hopes of raising the money Noah needs for his surgeries and treatment. A charity garage sale will also take place on July 7 at The Boerne United Pentecostal Church, and a bake sale is scheduled for July 28. Noah, his family, and his friends are reaching out to the community for as much help as he can get.