“It’s kind of cool to me because lacrosse has been a big part of my life and this is something that will affect me as I get older,” Thomas, 19, said. “Hopefully it won’t affect me too much in my college years, but you don’t really know how it’s going to progress. Day by day, it can go at any rate for any person. We want to raise money to help find a cure.”
Thomas feels the disease also affects his peripheral vision some, but not enough to slow him down on the lacrosse field.
After electing to follow in his father’s footsteps and attend Governor’s Academy, Thomas has committed to continue playing lacrosse at Division 3 Guiford College in Greensboro, N.C.
Robert, meanwhile, is a promising attackman for the Big Blue.
Both brothers have taken their disease in stride. Their parents elected to wait to tell the boys about it because they wanted them both to be old enough to understand it.
Neither boy felt sorry for himself. Instead, they focused on the positive: that a cure could be found in the near future.
Research has advanced to the point where a trial using gene therapy could be underway soon, but the trial costs $3,000,000. Half of that money needs to be raised through donations, which makes the “See By the Sea” event so important for the Driscolls.
“I’ve always known that I had really bad night vision. I just couldn’t see in the dark. I thought I had bad eyes. I was unaware (about the disease), but it made more sense when they brought it to light,” Thomas said. “I knew it was a really serious kind of thing that could potentially cause blindness. The research is really progressing, as long as it’s funded. It should be cured in time, as long as everything is funded.”