Let’s Not be Blind-Sided Anymore

Scholarship Entrant: Peyton from Bowling Green, KY
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Peyton: 22

If, and when, I earn a living doing what I love most, I will be performing eye surgeries. I will be removing cataracts or performing Lasik eye surgery. I will be researching a cure to a disease that has blind-sided my family, no pun intended.
My family has been blessed with genes of humor, intelligence, kindness, loyalty, and so much more; however, we have also been possessed with the mutated gene causing Retinitis Pigementosa. Long story short, my family possesses a gene that ultimately causes blindness.
I have always known that Nana was not able to drive at night, and neither was Uncle Alan. As I have gotten older, I know the reason Uncle Alan is now legally blind, at the young age of 37, is because of a mutated gene that we had no way of knowing would affect us until it was too late.
I am enrolled as a freshman at Western Kentucky University with a major in Pre-Med with Biology. Once I have finished there, I will study to become an ophthalmologist while studying the possibility of a cure to RP.
Although I will have to go through many vigorous hours of debt, studying, stress, and other college attributes, in the end it will be worth it. If I never found a cure, I will still die knowing that I worked and lived for something, that my research could lead to a cure one day, and that I lived my life helping others.
-Peyton Duhon

Vote for Peyton: 22

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