Author: Natalia Martinez-Sanchez

IDEA student Natalia Martinez-Sanchez wrote this article on her fellow classmate, Rafael Martinez. Henry David Thoreau once said, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Thoreau’s commentary on the difference between eyesight and vision is Rafael Martinez’s reality. Martinez is a tenacious senior at Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship Academy who first learned about tenacity on his eleventh birthday when he was diagnosed with Stargardt, an eye disorder that causes vision loss. Despite Rafael’s condition, he has managed to pursue his musical goals and perform in an advanced marching band. The journey to achieving this dream is…

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