Madison man takes "Flight 4 Sight"

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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 --- 9:00pm

Madison resident Mike Walsh is getting ready to go on 40-day adventure. He'll travel all over the world. But for Mike, it won't be a typical vacation.

Mike has Usher Syndrome. It's a rare genetic disorder, involving hearing loss and progressive vision loss.

"One day I can't drive at night, and the next year I can't drive at all” says Mike.

It's something he's been dealing with his entire life. But, now in his mid-30s, he has decided to take a proactive approach by taking "Flight 4 Sight.”

"The idea of making a campaign out of it was just to bring my friends along” says Mike, referring to social media as the portal to which he'll involve his friends and family with his journey.

While touring the world, Mike will blog about his experiences traveling while dealing with his disability.

"Wherever I go I want to find organizations and people who are afflicted with vision issues” he says.

But, there's a twist with Mike's travels. You decide where he heads. On Mike's facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/#!/Flight4Sight) you can vote on where Mike should visit. The places with the highest votes are where he'll head.

"Tomorrow I’m going to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to see a rodent that has better vision that me” Mike jokes.

He's been able to make light of his condition, he says, thanks to his younger brother, Johnny, who also has Usher Syndrome.

"We have a lot of fun with it” says Mike.

For Mike, the adventure is about growing and learning more about himself and others dealing with similar vision issues.

"It's just my life and I’m trying to make you understand a new perspective that somebody has in the world” he says.

Want to follow Mike along his journey? Even vote on where he heads next? Below are links to his social media sites:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/Flight4Sight
Twitter: @Flight4Sight