Blind 8 year old Ocala boy heading to California for National Braille Challenge


A blind 8-year-old boy is traveling all the way from Ocala to Los Angeles.

He’s headed to compete in the National Braille Challenge with 50 other kids from across the country.

Ayden Morgan’s, 8, love for books is taking him on an adventure.

“I have a fun filled summer,” Ayden Morgan said.

He’ll be traveling from Ocala all the way to Los Angeles To Compete in the National Braille Challenge.

“I’m so proud of myself,” Ayden said.

Getting there wasn’t easy for him and his family.

“There were times when I thought I would never take him home from the hospital, let alone that he would ever live to see another day,” Tiffany Henke, Ayden’s mother, said.

Ayden is not only blind, he also has a rare form of brain cancer

“He will never be cancer-free. He will never go into remission.”

With no reliable prognosis, Ayden fights cancer one day at a time, but for now, he’s spreading his wings for LA.

“I have to practice and practice before I go so that I’m good at everything,” he said.

He’s determined to do his very best.

“Even if I don’t win, I’m still a winner,” he said.

He’s also grateful to have a supportive family by his side.

“To be able to say that he’s 8 and he’s top 10 in the nation and going to Braille Challenge in California, and gets to go over and put his feet on the California beaches, and stuff like that is so awesome,” Henke said.

Whether or not he wins the braille competition, it’s the fun journey that matters most.

If you would like to help Ayden and his family with traveling and medical expenses, you can donate here:

By |2018-05-18T14:08:02+00:00May 17th, 2018|Braille Challenge Newsroom|

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Braille Institute is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss. It serves thousands of adults and youth each year through a broad range of educational, social and recreational programs designed to help people with vision loss lead enriched and fulfilling lives. Services are provided through six Southern California centers and hundreds of other community locations. Additionally, Braille Institute’s national programs encourage school age students to pursue braille literacy and orientation and mobility skills. Funded by private donations, all services are free of charge.
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