Outreach Lessons for Macular Degeneration - Part 2 Video

Macular degeneration is a major cause of vision loss in the United States. In the second part of the video, Modie Risher, who lost his eyesight due to this disease, talks about lessons he learned with the outreach program.
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Outreach Lessons At the Outreach Program I learned, I have a cane, I have a guide cane and I have a support cane. They teach you how to guide yourself, they would take us to, how to cross the street alone. They would take us to one street to Beaufain and actually that's by the lake downtown. And the reason they take us there for that lesson is to learn how to cross the street with cars, where there is a light. What we do, how we cross the street -- if I am standing on this corner and if you can and when the cars are going by, I just wait, and the cars are going through the side I want to cross. And then I wait and see for the cars to go on the other side. Now, I don't cross it then. I wait until these cars go again, and then when they leave, and then when they stop, it means the other cars coming over, then I go across. And the reason, and the problem there is in Charleston; I am not complaining, but in Charleston our drivers could do a better job. Usually in many states, I will tell you, the State of California, you can walk, people will stop, they will do everything to stop. Now, I wouldn't say the same about New York, you better not walk out there in New York. Tragic Consequences After I came from Outreach, a friend of mine, he crossed the street the way they taught us. But there was a street light where you can turn right on red. This person came, you know a running stop, boom! Turned the corner and boom! Hit him. And that is one reason; I can say it now, that I have not been out with my cane alone since I left Outreach. That really shook me up. My wife, who is the wind beneath my wings, we have been almost, we have been together every time. I have been with her instead of a cane, I would hold her arm. And this is the reason, we are inseparable. And that's why I have always been with her because she doesn't want me to go out there either.

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