By Daisy Lin

Eye surgeon Brian Boxer Wachler was wrapping up a day of work last month when an unusual letter was delivered to his desk.

The letter was from 29-year-old Navy recruit Ivan Quinones who had a condition called Keratoconus, in which the cornea, the outer layer of the eye, weakens and starts to bulge out. The Navy discharged him because of the condition.

“I was devastated… I’m gonna get sent home, and I’m going to go blind,” Quinones said.

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Quinones did research and found out that Boxer Wachler did an advanced procedure called Holcomb C3-R. He saved up money by working but still didn’t have enough money to pay for the whole procedure.

So he took a leap of faith, buying a one way ticket from New York to LA and delivered his letter in person. His proposal was to do work in exchange to make up for the cost of the procedure.

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