Teen Competes in Long Distance Running, Despite Being Blind. What’s Your Excuse? ~ Jennifer Townsend

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on Dec 2, 2012
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“If you love something enough, then you’ll find a way to do it, even if you do have struggles with it.” ~ Sami Stoner

Sami Stoner from Lexington, Kentucky was just 14 years old when she was diagnosed with Stargardt Disease, a progressive form of macular degeneration that results in legal blindness.

That’s a hard pill to swallow, regardless of age.

And yet, Sami has chosen to live her life as normally as possible. This remarkable girl was paired with “Chloe,” a Golden Retriever guide dog, who became her constant companion.

Together, they became the first-ever legally blind/guide dog team to run Cross Country competively for a high school team.

She hopes to compete collegiately in fall 2013 for Otterbein University.




Sami inspires me to get back on my treadmill, put a little extra effort in my kickboxing class and just stop complaining.

About anything. So, what’s your excuse?


Jennifer Townsend is Co-Chief of Clan Townsend, noted for its wee heathens and furry beasties. She is fond of saying “verra.” She is verra determined to visit Scotland (particularly Eilean Donan Castle) before too long. Finn Brothers’ music is good for her soul and she can be found most days editing articles for elephantjournal.com or blogging about her obsession with Jamie Fraser on her website www.OutlanderFan.com or its corresponding facebook page here



Ed: Bryonie Wise


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4 Responses to “Teen Competes in Long Distance Running, Despite Being Blind. What’s Your Excuse? ~ Jennifer Townsend”

  1. Linda V. Lewis says:

    Wow! Yes indeed! She is so inspiring!

  2. sitarabird says:

    Wow. Thank you so much. It's such a joy to hear positive stories from such unfortunate circumstances.

  3. outlanderfan says:

    Isn't she though?

  4. outlanderfan says:

    You're welcome. It's a real lesson in gratitude.