Abigail Lanier has always loved being active, Self.com reports, despite being born with a degenerative eye disease that has gradually robbed her of her eyesight.
She swam and practiced yoga and Pilates. Then, four years ago, she learned about Achilles International, a nonprofit that pairs athletes with disabilities with able-bodied volunteers, helping them train for road races and triathlons.
Dick Traum, the first amputee to run a marathon, created the organization in 1983. Abigail found out about Achilles from a blind woman who was training for a triathlon. "I couldn't believe it," she said. "I was like, 'How are you doing that as a blind person? And can I do it, too?' "
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