‘Blind Dave’ calls his blindness a gift
They call him ‘Blind Dave.’
Dave Heeley has lived a crazy life. Even though he’s blind, it doesn’t stop him from running marathons, competing in extreme endurance challenges, and doing carpentry.
At 10 years old, he was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, and as years went by, he lost his vision completely.
It devastated him. He felt hopeless, and only focused on what he couldn’t do.
But one day, he simply stopped letting it define him. Nothing could be done to cure his blindness, but that didn’t mean he couldn’t live his life to the fullest.
‘You know what, you can feel sorry for yourself for the rest of your life, but where’s it going to take you? What’s it going to do for you?’
And now, Dave’s life has changed completely. He calls his blindness a gift, because he has used it to push himself, have fantastic adventures, and raise money for different charities.
He became the first blind person to complete the World Marathon Challenge, which is a week of seven marathons, across seven continents.
Last year, he celebrated his 60th birthday by running 10km across the Ethiopian capital. In that same year he raised over $50,000 for the Albion Foundation.
Dave is now a motivational speaker. He inspires people to gain confidence, and keep going in spite of life’s challenges.
Dave Heeley is proof that no matter what your limitations are, with perseverance and a good attitude, you can achieve more than you think.
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06/07/2018 / Rachel Hayley