- Associated Press - Thursday, December 22, 2016

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - A 20-year-old Dubuque woman who was born with a rare genetic disorder has been flown to Texas to watch her beloved Dallas Cowboys for the first and likely last time before she loses her eyesight.

Bailey Schaul was born with Wolfram syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes insulin-dependent diabetes. Schaul’s vision began fading when she was 16. She was informed by doctors about six months ago that her vision would likely disappear entirely within two years, the Telegraph Herald (https://bit.ly/2hZEOLA ) reported.

Bailey’s father, Mike Schaul, is co-owner of the Express Employment Professionals branch in Dubuque. Express founder and CEO Robert Funk heard Schaul wanted to give his daughter something memorable before she lost her sight.

“I got a call and learned that (Funk) wanted to pay for us to go to a Dallas game,” Schaul said. “I couldn’t believe it.”

The tickets Funk bought Bailey and her father allowed them to walk on the field of AT&T; Stadium before the game, which the Dallas Cowboys ended up winning 26-20.

“She’ll be a Cowboys fan her whole life, but she needed to experience this before she goes blind,” Mike Schaul said. “I wanted to get her to a game that she could see for herself.”

Bailey Schaul said she plans on taking Braille classes in the summer as she finishes up schooling at Northeast Iowa Community College. She said that while her loss of sight is inevitable, she has a positive outlook.

“It makes you appreciate being able to see things now, all those little details you hadn’t noticed before,” she said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I know that my family will always be there for me.”

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, https://www.thonline.com


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