Open your eyes

Teen cancer survivor shows us how to really live

Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton said the only disability in life is a bad attitude.

If you think 19-year-old Jake Olson has a disability because he is blind, then you have the wrong attitude.

Olson lost his sight to cancer as a child. But that hasn’t stopped him from fulfilling his dream of playing college football — in fact, his 12-year-long fight likely fueled his passion to never give up on his dreams. And that’s just one facet of this teen’s inspiring story.

Today — between football practice with his dream team — he’s a motivational speaker for other teens and adults alike. He shares how all of us can learn to move on from adversity, achieve whatever goals we set and live a happier life.

You can hear Olson’s message at a free public event, Grow Confidently, on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. You will walk away knowing that no matter the odds, anything is possible.


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