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Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - There is one Bison fan headed to Frisco at this hour, who has a new appreciation for the game. 

Ronny Torgerson was born with a rare eye disease that destroys central vision over time. It wasn't that long ago that Ronny lost his driver's license, and couldn't play catch with family.

This weekend, Ronny will put on a new set of glasses and be able to watch the Bison play like never before.

It was a busy morning at the Torgerson home today. Departure day. Frisco bound.

Ronny Torgerson and his Bison fan crew loading up the van for the trip south. But for Ronny, this is a special Championship game. He will be able to "see" the game, all of it.

"It is kind of hard to tell where the ball is going, hand offs, play action fake, or a hand off, the kind of thing," said Torgerson.

Ronny was legally blind, a victim of Stargardt's disease.

It destroyed his central vision. Simply chores or watching the Bison was hard.

"It is hard to follow what was going on, had to ask my wife a lot who caught it, picked it off or ran it back for a touchdown, things like that," said Torgerson.

"The biggest thinkg I noticed, there were so much heavier," said Torgerson.

And so recently, eye specialists got Ronny fitted with these bionic looking glasses. Think of it as a pair of binoculars fixed to your glasses.

"Now I can see what is going on a little better, not so much asking people for help. Which is awesome," said Torgerson.

It has changed everything. He's back driving and more.

"The freedom is so much better, do errands, run the kids to school, just anything so I don't have to depend on my wife or friends or family or coworkers," said Torgerson.

For Ronny, it is about independence. And cheering on his team miles from home, with a new appreciation for his sight.

Ronny says with these glasses, he will be able to take his turn driving the whole fan van to Frisco.

Kevin Wallevand

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia and the Middle East. He is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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