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GALESBURG, IL – Actor, singer, and blind golfer Tom Sullivan was born without sight. He was invited to play in a fundraiser golf tournament at Soangetaha Country Club.

You don’t usually see a blind person playing golf, but Sullivan laughs, “I took up golf because tennis wasn’t really going to be much of a game. I had a great serve, but if they hit back, we quit.”

Tom Sullivan never let blindness get in the way of his goals in becoming an actor, singer, and of course a blind golfer.

With the help of his long-time coach, Luke Manthe, Sullivan says playing golf is a team sport.

He teed off today to raise money for a new foundation in Galesburg called Sight For Success. The goal is to bring visual therapy and care to children with sight challenges and disabilities.

Two doctors co-founded Sight for Success. With inspiration from Sullivan, the doctors hope to make this a national cause, as many tend to take their vision for granted.

Dr. Peter Kehoe says the need in the Galesburg community for vision care is a reflection upon the rest of the nation. He says, “Tom’s friendship, Tom’s passion to help those in need can’t be matched by anyone that I know. His inspiration to others is far above anything I’ve ever met.”

Dr. Brian Plattner adds, “It’s just unbelievable that without sight, he could identify not only everybody by name, but he knew exactly what was going on and what they were thinking.”

Living a lifetime of blindness, Sullivan is in full support of Kehoe and Plattner. They want to cure vision of the future generation.

Sullivan says, “Blindness is a blessing. I’ve enjoyed four other senses that most people never take the time to appreciate.”

The fundraiser continues Sunday in Galesburg at the Orpheum Theatre, where Sullivan will perform in a broadway show called “Adventure and Darkness.”

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