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Ohio girl losing sight set to visit Rome, meet Pope Francis

This Friday, Sept. 19, 2015 photo shows Elizabeth "Lizzy" Myers, left, being fitted for a microphone by a CBS sound man before taping a segment in Lucas, Ohio. Myers, a 5-year-old Ohio girl whose parents created a "visual bucket list" for her because she's slowly going blind is going to meet Pope Francis. Steve Myers told the Mansfield News Journal on Thursday, March 24, 2016, that his daughter Elizabeth "Lizzy" Myers is visiting the Vatican next week. (Jason J. Molyet/News Journal via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

This Friday, Sept. 19, 2015 photo shows Elizabeth "Lizzy" Myers, left, being fitted for a microphone by a CBS sound man before taping a segment in Lucas, Ohio. Myers, a 5-year-old Ohio girl whose parents created a "visual bucket list" for her because she's slowly going blind is going to meet Pope Francis. Steve Myers told the Mansfield News Journal on Thursday, March 24, 2016, that his daughter Elizabeth "Lizzy" Myers is visiting the Vatican next week. (Jason J. Molyet/News Journal via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

A 5-old-old Ohio girl whose parents created a "visual bucket list" for her because she's slowly going blind is going to meet Pope Francis.

Steve Myers told the Mansfield News Journal (http://bit.ly/1RB4pXH ) on Thursday that his daughter Elizabeth "Lizzy" Myers is visiting the Vatican next week.

The general manager of Turkish Airlines was touched last year by Lizzy's story as well as her parents' wish that she see many amazing things before a rare genetic condition robs her of her sight. Lizzy's parents haven't told their daughter about her diagnosis.

Round-trip tickets were offered to anywhere in the world, and the Bellville family chose Rome — one of the most visually interesting places they could think of, given the family's Italian Catholic background and the city's artwork and statuary.

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Information from: News Journal, http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com