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Seeing Albuquerque is dream come true for boy slowly going blind

Updated: 05/31/2014 10:24 PM | Created: 05/31/2014 2:58 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A 9-year-old Dallas boy who is slowly going blind wants to see as much of the world as he can before he loses his eyesight for good. One of the items on his bucket list was to see Albuquerque and that dream came finally came true Saturday.

Ben Pierce, 9, was treated to a hot air balloon ride where he was able to see Albuquerque from high above the ground. “This is one of his wishes,” said his father, Kit. “He just wants to see a lot of stuff before he loses more of his vision.”

Ben’s eyes were damaged after he was born 4 months premature. Each year he loses more eyesight. Ben’s parents, Kit and Heidi, decided to help their son start a bucket list. “So we told him dream big tell us everything,” said Heidi. “But recognize we're not going to take you to Antarctica and the Sahara is probably not an option. But wishes are coming true that we didn't think were possible at all.”

Items on the list include seeing Washington D.C., the Redwood Forest and The Grand Canyon. Albuquerque made the list because it’s the name of Ben’s favorite Weird Al song.

While in Albuquerque, Ben also got to see how tortillas were made at Frontier Restaurant, go ice skating, visit the Rattlesnake Museum, and walk around Old Town. His visit wrapped up with a ride on the tram.

To see what else is on Ben’s bucket list, visit: http://thadenpierce.org/the-wish-list-2/the-wish-list/

Katie Herrera, Tyler Brooke Photography
Heidi Pierce, Ben's Wish List Facebook

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