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New Zealand boy gets wish to see Celtics play before going blind

New Zealand Boy Gets Wish to See Celtics Play Before Going Blind

A 12-year-old New Zealand boy who captured the world's attention with his "bucket list" of things to see before a degenerative eye disease leaves him blind has arrived in Boston to see the Celtics play a game, WCVB reported.

"It'll be quite a new experience," Louis Corbett said shortly after landing at Logan International Airport Monday night. "It's quite a big experience. It'll just be fun seeing the game."

Corbett will lose his eyesight in only a few years, but his family is taking him on the journey of a lifetime to fill his visual bank with images of places he visited that will hopefully stay with him throughout his lifetime.

"It's called retinitis pigmentosa," father Tim Corbett said. "Louis can't see anything in the dark at all."

And more than anything else, Tim said Louis wanted to see the Celtics play more than anything else.

"I've never experienced anything like this," Louis said.

Louis said it was a legend who hooked him on the game at a young age.

"I like Larry Bird," he said. "(Rajon) Rondo. He's a point guard. I like point guards."

Friends, corporate donations and the Celtics made the trip to Boston possible.

"Every step of the way, people have been so generous to us," Tim said.

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Ken March 05 2014 at 7:55 PM

DR Mark Humayun at the University of Southern California is a leading pioneer in treatment in RP. His team has developed the Argus II retinal implant and camera. If anyone can help, he can!

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sqratt March 05 2014 at 2:12 PM

That is so cool that these people are helping this boy to fulfill his "bucket list" before losing his eyesight. Thank you Boston Celtics!! Way cool!! Hopefully a cure will be found during this boy's lifetime!

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dsnowbird21 March 05 2014 at 1:56 PM

Very generous granting this little boy his wish seeing the Celtic's play before losing his sight.

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loiselish March 05 2014 at 1:44 PM

Let's all hope there is a miracle around the corner for this boy! In the meantime, if a Celtic's game is his wish, thank you to those who make it happen. !!

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lbreamer March 05 2014 at 1:18 PM

I hope he's able to cram a lifetime of beautiful visions into his memory!! Bless his heart -

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CINDY LOVES DAVE March 05 2014 at 1:02 PM

GREAT STORY..THANK YOU BOSTON CLETICS.....YOU HAVE GREAT CLASS.

FROM A L.A. LAKER FAN

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dothock March 05 2014 at 1:00 PM

Has he been seen by the doctors at Univeristy of Iowa? They are doing massive research.

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galigirlga March 05 2014 at 12:26 PM

That's wonderful I hope he will be able to see and remember the beauty of so many things,before his eyesight is nomore,good luck young man...

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hoo142 March 05 2014 at 12:22 PM

What a shame...good lookin kid and what a bleak future for him....I hope down the line technology can give him his eyesight back

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ginderat March 05 2014 at 12:19 PM

Praying for this darling little boy's eye and sight; may they find a cure and/or a miracle. Xo.

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