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Blind veteran gifted membership to Saline County Golf Course

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EL DORADO, Ill. -- On a sunny Wednesday afternoon on the Saline County Golf Course, Cindy Foster received a special gift from the Harrisburg Lion's Club.

"Thank you so much," Foster said to the Lion's Club representative.

She was given a one-year membership to the golf course. Golfing isn't something Foster has done much, but she wants to try. 

It's all a part of trying new things that can be intimidating. 

"But I've learned to just get up and do it anyway. Do I run into problems? Yes. But do we find a way to overcome them? Yes," she said.

Cindy Foster is legally blind. She can only see light and shadows in her right eye. If someone with normal vision were to look into a drinking straw with their left eye, that's about what Cindy can see. She found out she was going blind in the 70s while stationed with the Army. She didn't have peripheral vision but she thought that's how everyone saw the world. 

"They told me I would be totally and completely blind by the age of 35," Foster said, "And then, I had to come home." 

Foster got married, had three kids and her vision worsened. That led to alcoholism. 

"I have a little more than 15 years, clean and sober," she said.

Since then, Foster has participated in other golfing tournaments for veterans and folks with disabilities. Now she's ready to tackle Saline County.

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