My fiancé, Blake, was diagnosed with Coats’ Disease at a very young age. This led to Blake having his right eye surgically removed in 2000, at the young age of just eight years old. Since that surgery, Blake has had multiple glass eyes, as he (and his eye socket) grew.  Today, Blake is 27 years old, soon to be 28, and has had his current eye for nearly 12 years, although it doesn’t fit quite right. We are doing our best now to come up with the money to purchase his new, and hopefully, last glass eye.

Throughout the years, Blake didn’t let his blindness withhold him from participating in things he loves. He played baseball continuously throughout his childhood and through high school. He also began training in martial arts at age four and has now been in it for 23 years. He is a 4th degree black belt and has been an instructor for 10 years.

Blake is an inspiration and I think his story can inspire others, so I want to help him share it! I love him with all my heart and he is too kind to get recognition for anything unless someone else gives it to him.