Family has a vision for how to help son
Technology costly, Bazylewskis hoping for successful social
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This article was published 28/04/2017 (2048 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Davin Bazylewski is a curious, active seven-year-old.
A Grade 1 student at Bertrun E. Glavin Elementary (166 Antrim Rd.), Bazylewski enjoys his classes and playing outside with his friends at lunch and recess.
“When it’s icy, that’s my favourite time to run through the swales (behind school),” Bazylewski said with a grin. “I just love running through them and hearing the crackling of the ice.”
Outside of school, Bazylewski is an avid cyclist and swimmer who loves helping his
“Gramps” with all kinds of handiwork, especially if it involves plumbing, or a trip to Home Depot.
“I love plumbing!” he said. “I learn it from Gramps. I love my Gramps.”
“He wants to be a builder,” his dad, Ryan, explained. “He’d rather go to Home Depot than Toys ‘R’ Us. So that’s where we go.”
A bright, confident kid with a keen interest in how things work, Bazylewski was born with optic nerve hypoplasia. As a result, his optic nerves did not fully develop, and he only has sight out of his left eye.
While legally blind, Bazylewski can still see enough to ride his bike or play with friends. But when it comes to reading, or watching a movie with friends or family, Bazylewski struggles.
“Print needs to be at least two inches and bold in order for him to read with his glasses,” his grandmother, Deb, explained.
“He can read smaller print, but his eyes get tired quickly,” his mom, Kerri, added.
His teachers at Bertrun E. Glavin have been very accommodating, acquiring large print books and a camera/projector that allows Bazylewski to follow along. Still, he has to sit in the front row, and sometimes feels singled out from his peers.
“I don’t like that I have to print on larger strips of paper than other kids,” he said.
But the Bazylewski family have found a product they believe will help: eSight glasses.
“With eSight, he’ll have more options than just sitting up front,” Ryan said. “When we go to the movies, we have to sit at the front, which is hard with kids’ movies. All the kids want to be at the front. If we’re not up close, he can’t really see and he loses interest quickly.”
“It will work better if I have that,” Bazylewski said. “Then I could look and it would be just a little bit easier to see.”
According to eSight’s website, the U.S.-based medical product “enhances the functional vision of a person who has low vision or is legally blind.” It is registered with the FDA and Health Canada, but comes at a cost of $15,000 U.S.
With the help of extended family and close friends, the Bazylewskis have raised over $5,000 U.S. To help cover the rest, they are hoping the community can lend a hand. A fundraising social is being held at Nashville’s (826 Regent Ave. W) on May 5. Tickets are $15.
“We’ll accept any donation,” said Deb.
To purchase social tickets, contact Deb at 204-204-661-1155 or Ryan at 204-955-9200.
For more information, or to donate to the Bazylewskis’ eSight fund, visit http://giving.esighteyewear.com/davin-bazylewski or www.gofundme.com/help-legally-blind-6-yr-old-boy-see
Sheldon Birnie is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. The author of Missing Like Teeth: An Oral History of Winnipeg Underground Rock (1990-2001), his writing has appeared in journals and online platforms across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. A husband and father of two young children, Sheldon enjoys playing guitar and rec hockey when he can find the time. Email him at email@example.com Call him at 204-697-7112