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Going Blind Hasn’t Stopped This Argentinian Skateboarder

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This is Argentinian-born skateboarder Marcelo Lusardi.

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This is Lusardi on a skateboard. Pretty good, right?

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In November of 2015, Lusardi completely lost his vision due to a genetic disease called lever optic neuropathy.

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Lusardi spent two weeks in the hospital while doctors figured out what was wrong with his vision. By the time Lusardi left the hospital, he had to rely on a cane when walking.

After going blind, Lusardi had to step away skateboarding.

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For most people, skateboarding is difficult enough even with perfect vision. For someone in Lusardi’s situation, it could lead to serious injury. To fill the hours, Lusardi focused on his guitar playing, but it wasn’t enough.

Not being able to ride a skateboard caused Lusardi to fall into a deep depression.

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Having already lost his sight, losing skateboarding proved more than he could handle. His friends noticed how depressed Lusardi had become, and as any good friend would do, they convinced him to get back on his board.

With the help of his friends, Lusardi got back on his board. Of course, it took a little getting used to.

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But with dedication and practice…

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…Lusardi eventually got the hang of riding with his cane.

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Lusardi got so good that he was able to skate without his cane.

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In fact, Lusardi believes he’s actually better on a skateboard now than before he went blind.


Lusardi says the experience has made him a stronger person.

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“[S]ometimes people have problems, and they think it’s the end of the world, and we should learn that we can overcome problems, because there’s a solution for everything in life.”

You can watch Marcelo Lusardi’s story here.

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After Being Sexually Assaulted While Working On The Fields, This Woman Is Standing Up For Women's Rights

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After Being Sexually Assaulted While Working On The Fields, This Woman Is Standing Up For Women’s Rights

Have you ever heard of Hermila Treviño-Sauceda? Proooooobably not.

This 58-year-old Coachella, Calif., resident is pretty much the badass that’s considered “the leader of the women farmworkers movement in the US” by the Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF), the same foundation that awarded her the 2016 Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life.

The WWSF is an international humanitarian non-profit organization that was created in Geneva in 1991. It’s dedicated to giving voice to the thoughts of women and children, who so often have very little say “in shaping the economic and political space in which they live.” Mily, as Hermila is often called, was recognized by the organization because of her over 40 years of tireless activism on behalf of farmworkers and female farmworkers in particular.

Mily was born in Bellingham, Washington in 1956, but as the daughter of migrant farmworkers she found herself traveling back and forth across the US/Mexico border. She began working in the fields when she was only 7 years old.

After being sexually assaulted while working, she told her father only to be asked what she had done “to attract the attention of the assailant” and then her dad went right back to talking to the assailant como si nada. She experienced firsthand the particular challenges that women and children face in the fields.

She became an activist in her teen years and her activism has included using skits to demonstrate the conditions that women face in the field, which include sexual harassment, exposure to pesticides and domestic violence.

The award from the WWSF this year is by no means the first award that she’s ever received in recognition of her work for the advancement of female farmworkers.


Learn more about Hermila Treviño-Sauceda here.

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