Before Three Children Go Blind, Family Stocks Up On Visual Memories As They Travel The World


  • Three children of Edith Lemay and Sebastien Pelletier have been diagnosed with a rare condition called retinitis pigmentosa.
  • Before they lose their eyesight, the family have decided to tick off items on their bucket list as they travel the world.
  • The family has since traveled to Africa, Turkey, Mongolia and Indonesia learning resilience and gratitude along the way.

Edith Lemay and Sebastien Pelletier of Montreal, Canada are on a mission: to let their children experience all of the sights and sounds of the world before three of their four children lose their eyesight.

The children have been diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare genetic condition that makes people lose their eyesight before their adulthood. 

Even if they have not given up hope on science to find the treatment for their children’s condition, the race is on.  Ticking off the items on their bucket list has commenced.

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The first to be ticked off was Africa— Namibia, Tanzania and Zambia. Followed by Turkey. Then Mongolia and Indonesia.

They have experienced bad moods, difficult weather and minor discomforts that go with traveling but the children have also learned to become resilient with each challenge.

Edith said, “They’re going to need to be really resilient throughout their life.” She added, “Traveling is something you can learn from. It’s nice and fun, but it also can be really hard. You can be uncomfortable. You can be tired. There’s frustration. So, there’s a lot that you can learn from travel itself.”

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Another lesson that the children have learned is for them to stick together whether when satisfying a curiosity or trying out new food.

Sebastien said, “They’re great together.” He added, “Over and above, I think it helps solidify that link between them. And hopefully, that will continue in the future, so that they can support each other.”

Edith and Sebastien also want the children to appreciate the blessings that they have when faced with all the realities when they travel.

Edith said, “No matter how hard their life is going to be, I wanted to show them that they are lucky just to have running water in their home and to be able to go to school every day with nice colorful books.”

We hope science finds a treatment soon!

Source: Inspire More


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