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For One Kelowna Man Losing His Eyesight, The Boar is “The Great Equalizer”

For One Kelowna Man Losing His Eyesight, The Boar is “The Great Equalizer”

For each of his 44 years, Kelowna resident Stephen Hawtree has lived with the reality that he could lose his eyesight. Born with Retinitis Pigmentosis (RP), a genetic degenerative eye disease that blinded both his Great Grandfather and Uncle, Stephen had experienced relatively few impacts on his day-to-day life. That is, until a recent doctor’s appointment, where he was told deep cataracts (a complication of the RP) meant he would have to give up his driver’s license with immediate effect. “I was pretty devastated,” admits Hawtree, an IT consultant for the federal government. “I drive to and from work, I drive to...

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Sam Atakhanov