EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
Aaron Hale is new to distance running. He's also pretty new to being blind.
Aaron is a 37 year old former Army bomb squad technician and the proud father of a 4 year old boy. Aaron has always been physically active but had never run more than 6 miles in a stretch before his injury in 2011. On December 8, 2011, Aaron approached an improvised explosive device, which he had previously worked on from a distance using a robotic device. He was about ten yards away when it exploded. Every bone in his face was broken, and his right eye lids were fused together from the burns. His left eye lids were torn and his left eye had exploded. He was completely blind.
While sitting in his bed at Walter Reed, he fought with and had to come to grips with the fact that he would never get to toss the football or baseball around with his son like other fathers could.
He was, however, determined not to let his new condition defeat him and sought out each and every opportunity to show his son that he could still do anything. Since leaving the hospital, Aaron has run 4 marathons, climbed mountains, and paddled white water in a solo kayak.
“I’m just trying to do the best I can with what I have. My son deserves that. In August I’ll be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and hope to be the 1st blind veteran to climb all of the 7 summits. As I reach out into the dark to find newer and bigger challenges, I gravitate towards other individuals and organizations that do great things. Team With A Vision is one of those organizations, and I hope to do great things with them!"