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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