By Russell Shaffer, Director – Culture, Diversity & Inclusion, Walmart
When I was 10 years old, my parents took me to an optometrist for a routine eye exam. As a third grader, I thought the worst thing that could happen would be that I might get picked on if I wore glasses.
I did get a prescription for glasses that day. I also received some news that would dramatically change the rest of my life.
The doctor diagnosed me with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare genetic eye disease that results in progressive loss of sight and eventual blindness. After a trip to Boston to visit a specialist, the diagnosis was confirmed.