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Dacula fundraiser to benefit two blind men

DACULA -- In the blink of an eye, two men lost their vision.

On Saturday, SeeAgain.org is hosting FunFest at Duncan Creek Park to raise money for Tim Smith and Wesley Vaughn, who are seeking treatment in China to restore their sight.

Smith's life changed on Aug. 28, 2009. After leaving a dental appointment, he was hit by a speeding pickup truck. The distraught driver shot Smith three times at point-blank range with a .45 caliber handgun, before turning the weapon on himself. Smith's injuries destroyed his left eye and damaged the optic nerve of his right eye, which resulted in total blindness.

Vaughn lost his sight in 2012 after he went to the emergency room for blurred vision. A CT scan revealed at tumor in his brain, which was later removed. The surgery went well, except that his sight had not gotten better. The doctor later gave Vaughn the news that his optic nerve was damaged and his vision would not return.

The two men both attend 12Stone Church -- separate campuses -- where they met through a mutual friend. Together, they learned about Beike Biotechnology, a Chinese company dedicated to the development and commercialization of adult stem cell therapies. The therapy can restore their optic nerves.

Now, Smith and Vaughn need to raise $50,000 for travel, treatment and accommodations. So far, they have raised $8,500 toward their goal.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., FunFest offers live music, activities for children, door prizes, raffles and a silent auction.

For more information about the event, Smith and Vaughn, or to donate to their goal, visit www.seeagain.org.

Duncan Creek Park is located at 3700 Braselton Highway in Dacula.