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A Father Asks His Blind Daughter to Go Skiing
It is not difficult to imagine how vision loss could impact one’s life in a myriad of ways. You might think that living without vision would be cause for losing hope. The truth is quite the opposite, and we can see examples of this all around us. Doctors diagnosed Danielle Umstead with retinitis pigmentosa when she was thirteen, a degenerative eye condition that causes complete blindness over time. Despite being blind, her father invited her to go skiing in 2001; she fell in love with the sport and the activity gave her life new promise.

Umstead would be put to the test again, developing multiple sclerosis in 2010. Seventeen years after first losing her vision, she is competing in the Winter Paralympics starting March 9th. A remarkable story of perseverance in the face of blindness.

Please share with us your remarkable story in spite of blindness.

"I'm A Paralympic Alpine Skier, And I Don't Let My Blindness Hold Me Back"


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