Girl losing sight to see pope as part of visual bucket list

ROME (AP) — A 5-year-old American girl who suffers from a rare genetic disease that is gradually robbing her of her sight may get her wish to see Pope Francis.

Little Lizzy Myers from Bellville, Ohio and her family have special seats for Francis’ Wednesday general audience. The Vatican visit caps a week of touring that is part of the “visual bucket list” her parents crafted to show her some of the wonders of the world while she can still see them.

Lizzy doesn’t know she suffers from Usher’s Syndrome, which will take away her hearing and gradually make her blind. But her father, Steve Myers, said he and his wife Christine decided that they needed to do “as much as we can to let her see as many wonderful things as possible.”