Legally blind 11 year old Gymnast by Makeda Bawn.
‘The Human body is the best picture of the human soul’ – Ludwig Wittgenstein Perfect health, like perfect beauty is rare in this world. For Adrianna Kenebrew, she is living proof that the human body is the most ordinary of things, yet also extraordinary. Adrianna was only 4 months old when she was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma. Congenital glaucoma is characterized by increased intraocular pressure, resulting in pathological changes in the optic disk and eventually blindness if not treated successfully. Kenebrew, an eleven year old Texas native can be described as high spirited, energetic and an amazing young child. She has been legally blind since the age of 3. Adrianna’s disease has left her extremely nearsighted and almost without peripheral vision. Unlike most kids her age, this sixth grader sometimes has to utilize a cane whenever she walks. She uses a magnifying machine and a small monocular lens to help her see school work, friends and teachers. However, behind the mask of blindness, Adrianna possesses a special talent. Adrianna Kenebrew has a fierce passion for gymnastics. Her passion surpasses the special corrective glasses she wears so she can see her surroundings at gymnastic meets. Despite being legally blind after dozens of surgeries, she is still motivated to become the greatest gymnast. She performs just as well, if not better than most of her fellow teammates without any special assistance from her coaches. Adrianna uses the same facilities and routines as everyone else. She plunges through the air, the vault, balance beams and uneven bars earning impressive high marks even though she can barely see. Adrianna has been successful at her meets earning herself an award for best female athlete of the year for her region. Adrianna’s difference makes her stronger and work harder to achieve her dream of making it to Olympics to represent kids like her as well as her country. “I want to be the...
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