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Rachael Helps a Family Grant Their Son's Biggest Wishes

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Aired December 2, 2014

Nine years ago, Kit and Heidi's son, Ben, was born prematurely -- 23 weeks into gestation, in fact.

"From day one, Ben made it clear: He was going to keep surprising us," Heidi told us.

Soon after, Kit and Heidi noticed that Ben's eyes weren't focusing very well. From there, they began to learn that Ben was slowly losing his vision.

"Because of [his] retinal issues, he's lost his peripheral vision, his depth perception and he told us now that his right eye doesn't work anymore," Heidi said. "He's losing color, as well."

At age 8, Ben went in for his eye exam and was told he was now legally blind. It was at that point in which Kit and Heidi began to talk to Ben about  with a wish list of all the things he wanted to do before he lost his vision.

"He wanted to see a lot of things here in America, like the Grand Canyon and Washington, D.C.," Heidi said. "He wanted to see both Oceans."

"As his parents, all we want to do is keep giving Ben his wishes," Kit added.

In honor of #GivingTuesday, Rachael is helping Ben's family check a few items off his wish list. What happens next is a moment you won't want to miss!