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When I was little, my aunt lost her sight. I remember my aunt attending a school for the blind to learn how to not just get by, but live a full life without sight. We would visit her apartment on the weekends and use puffy paint on the microwave and remote controls. My sister and I learned how to read Braille and knew all of the different folds for bills and loved to help organize her wallet.
Shortly after my aunt returned from 'school', my sister and I were having sleepovers at her apartment and taking the bus together to our favorite mall. With a few little adjustments we were playing cards and dominoes and always had the best time being together. Of course this is my perspective as an 8 year old kid, but I admired my aunt then and continue to be amazed by all that she does to this day.
23 Blast features Travis Freeman, a typical teenager growing up in a small town in Kentucky, who is a local hero on and off the field. In the fall of 1997, in the prime of his youth, he is unexpectedly stricken with an infection that destroys his optic nerve. He becomes blind overnight. Under the influence of parents who love him, a physical therapist who challenges him, a coach who inspires him, and a best friend who he cannot bear to leave behind, Travis shows us what true bravery is by competing on the gridiron, helping his Corbin High School team advance to the state playoffs.
I could so relate to Travis' story. It seems in life there are two paths you can go down when you face something like this - you can become bitter and recoil from the world or you can be determined to keep going and live your best life. 23 Blast is a great, inspirational movie that shows the latter. 23 Blast opens today and you can check listings here.
This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.