One mom said a simple photo helped her detect a rare and rapidly developing cancer in her daughter’s eye.

Elly Smith from Oregon told the Mirror that she noticed an odd glimmer after taking a photograph — and it ultimately saved her now-5-year-old’s life.


She said:

“I knew something was wrong with Gracie because her eye would be glowing, and it looked like she had a lazy eye.

I made her an appointment the day I noticed it and her doctor referred us to an eye doctor. I could tell something was wrong there and noticed the doctor’s chest getting red – I was just asking what was wrong.”

The mother of three was horrified after discovering her daughter was diagnosed with a disease called retinoblastoma after a small glow showed up in her right eye sporadically in 2016, reports KOIN.

Gracie Corrigan survived cancer but lost vision in the affected eye and needed to have the eye removed immediately after doctors found 10 tumors.


Smith told the outlet:

“If you take a picture and one eye is red from the camera and the other one is white that’s what you should look for, the white glowing eye.”

Doctors had to remove Corrigan’s eye to stop the spread of the cancer, and now the mother is using her daughter’s story to encourage parents to “know the glow.”

The more parents know about "the Glow", the more empowered they can be to protect their children! Read about just such…

Posted by Know The Glow on Tuesday, April 16, 2019

According to the Know the Glow organization, parents can protect the sight of children by detecting anything suspicious in their child’s eye.

Early detection and regular eye screenings are the best way to prevent eye disease or blindness in children. The organization notes that “when caught early, more than 80% of all childhood blindness is preventable.”

Three months after Corrigan’s eye removal, she received a new prosthetic eye.

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