Portland, OR… Born with a subcapsular cataract and unspecified amblyopia, 8-year-old Ella Osborne has struggled to see clearly; However, when it comes to advocating in front of legislature or running her own organization, the aspiring powerbroker of eye care for all kids has perfect vision.
In 2014, after learning that many families simply don't go in to get the care they need, and when they do, they are met with financial barriers that keep them from getting that care, Ella came up with the idea to start the Vision Fun Run as a way to raise money for children who need vision care while incorporating one of Ella’s favorite activities, running. In its first year, the event raised over $2000 which was donated to the KEX Kids Fund, a non-profit organization established over 20 years ago to provide students with free comprehensive eye exams, eyeglasses and/or hearing aids.
Today Ella serves as a spokesperson for the KEX Kids Fund and Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation - an organization she gave testimony on behalf of at a Senate Hearing in February of 2017. In addition, Ella entered and won a national public speaking competition where she talked about her passion in making sure every child has the eye care they need.
“I created the Vision Run Fun to help kids like me who need glasses to see better. It makes me so happy to help people in the community get the eye care they need”, says Osborne.
With equal parts drive and passion, this young champion has taken her eyesight impairment and turned it into clear vision.
The Vision Fun Run takes place on Sunday, May 21 from 2-5 pm www.visionfunrun.com