Blind Raleigh woman raises funds to help blind Indonesians

Blind Raleigh woman raises funds to help blind Indonesians (Image 1)

A visually-impaired Raleigh woman is trying to make a difference by helping a school for the blind in Indonesia.

Amber Shuping, 29, lost her eyesight in a freak accident at the age of 20.

“I was pouring drain cleaner down the drain and it splashed back in my face.” Shuping said.

Depression set in following the accident but Shuping said she learned to cope with her loss.

“Once I learned that my life wasn’t over, I was OK with it,” she said.

Shuping some of her peers are not as lucky and now she’s trying to change that one cane at a time.

She started a DreamFund page to aid students at Makassar School for The Blind in Indonesia.

“It’s an adult school for the blind and I quickly learned that they don’t have canes.” Shuping said.

“The students have to wait for a sight of guide to go anywhere,” she said. 

Shuping’s goal is to raise $4,000 by June 2016.

“Four thousand will cover the canes, which cost $875 and two people to go to Indonesia.” Shuping said.

Shuping and her fiancé, Mike Cox, plan to travel to the school to teach the students how to use the canes.

The couple met in a rehab center for the blind.

“It’s like I found a part of me that I didn’t know was missing,” Cox said.

Now, the couple is working together to make a difference.

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