Mike Walsh, along with his brother, Johnny, was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome Type 2C in 1997 around his 20th birthday. He has moderate hearing loss combined with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). His hearing has been stable his entire life, and with the help of hearing aids, he hears pretty well. Retinitis Pigmentosa is the continuous deterioration of the retina which leads to night blindness and a loss of peripheral vision.
By 2014, Mike’s vision had deteriorated to the point where he was no longer driving and used a cane to get around. Mike was working in social media and understood its value in connecting people. He loved to travel, see the world, and connect with others.
With a team of friends, he combined those things and launched Flight for Sight. He crowdsourced ideas for trips all over the world to see and do things while he still could. Another part of his mission was to learn and educate others about vision issues.