AIKEN, S.C. — Nearly four years ago Emily Zimmerman lost her sight following surgery to remove a brain tumor.
Since then, she has endured endless challenges with a ready smile and at times booming laugh, graduating with honors from Silver Bluff High School in 2011.
Her focus on laughter as the best medicine was a conscious decision she made from the start. Yet there was always the doubt, her fears about the future and her ability to make her way in it. Those issues led her parents, John and Janet Zimmerman, to make some difficult decisions.