March 10th, 2014
09:31 AM ET

Child Goes on 'Bucket List' Trip Before He Goes Blind

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," a child goes on a 'bucket list' trip before he goes blind and lives his dream of seeing the Boston Celtics play basketball. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

Just like any other night in the NBA, the starting lineups of the Boston Celtics and visiting Golden State Warriors were introduced over the public address system.

But Wednesday wasn't just any night at Boston's TD Garden. And the loudest ovations were not for members of either team.

Louis "Louie" Corbett, 12, who is rapidly losing his eyesight due to retinitis pigmentosa, was in the house to fulfill his final seeing wish: watch his beloved Boston Celtics play a game.

"Welcome Louis!" flashed on all four sides of the Jumbotron to thunderous applause.

"I'm quite excited to be here for the game," Louie told CNN affiliate WCVB.

While the reason for his long journey from Auckland, New Zealand, was distressing, the circumstances that brought two communities on opposite sides of the planet together were extraordinary.

Louie's progressive disorder will eventually deteriorate his vision.

Faced with the grim reality that he will soon lose the ability to see the world around him, his parents wanted to give their youngest of five children an international sightseeing tour.

"This year we're going to try and fill his world with as many beautiful images as we can," his mother, Catherine Corbett, told CNN.

Louie was instructed to make something of an ocular bucket list - things and places he'd like to see for the first, only and likely last time.

He picked places such as the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, the Empire State Building and, in a sign of the times, Google headquarters in California.

But the thing he wanted to experience the most wasn't a landmark or a national park. An avid sports fan, Louie wanted to take in a game. And not just any game - the Boston Celtics.

"For some reason, he really got hooked on American basketball," his mom said. "He cares about nothing else. He is really quite passionate about it."

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