Perry Tuttle holds onto what matters


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From Charlotte Observer:

Tuttle hit his drive 250 yards down the middle of the fairway. "Hey, guys, can you see my ball?" he asked.

Nice, Wood and Reich thought. Nail a shot, pretend you can't see it and force your playing partners to tell you how pretty it is.

"I thought he was kidding," says Wood, 53, the principal at Comenious School for Creative Leadership in Fort Mill.

Tuttle was serious, and he was scared. He couldn't follow the trajectory of the ball. At Clemson he would lie on his back on his dormitory bed and throw the football in the air and catch it 100 times. Then he'd turn off the light and catch 100 more. Hand-eye coordination; he had it. Now it was gone.

Tuttle, 52, saw an eye specialist and learned he had glaucoma, the leading cause of blindness in African-Americans. And it was advanced. He sought another opinion and saw Charlotte ophthalmologist Dr. Galen Grayson.

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