- Charlotte Brown developed cataracts in both eyes at 16 weeks old
- In sixth grade her vision deteriorated and she was declared legally blind
- Brown learned to pole vault in seventh grade and now competes for Purdue University
Charlotte Brown lost what little sight she had by the time she entered high school. Blindness didn't stop her from pursuing her dream of pole vaulting. In her senior year, she won bronze at the Texas state high school championships. Today the 18 year-old pole vaults for Purdue University. The opinions in this article belong solely to the author.
West Lafayette, Indiana (CNN)I take the bus to class like every other student. I walk through the dining courts like another face in the crowd. That's how I like it.