By Karin McCay| email
HALE CENTER (KCBD) - A Hale Center man is hoping for the same miracle that has come to Olympic bobsledder Steve Holcomb.
Holcomb said later that even in Montreal, he knew his vision was going rapidly because of a rare degenerative eye disease called keratoconus where, for some reason, the cornea starts to push out - a problem that leads to blindness.
Now, a Hale Center father of three, Isaac Sandoval, is facing the same diagnosis. The only cure is a new surgery in Los Angeles that saved Holcomb's eyes, but Isaac's insurance considers it experimental and won't cover the procedure.
So, Hale Center is throwing a barbecue fundraiser this weekend to raise the $15,000 Isaac needs for that eye-saving surgery. Family, friends and businesses in the area are coming together to provide the bbq dinner this Saturday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Akin Elementary School in Hale Center. The cost is just $6 a person.
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