10-year-old boy walking 20 miles to raise money for the blind

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (News Nation) — A 10-year-old North Carolina boy who is blind has walked almost 20-miles to raise awareness and money for a local after school program.

Ben was born blind and is raising awareness for others who also can’t see. But blind is just a word to Ben–one that never holds him back.. He’s already tackled 15 of the 20 miles he set out to conquer.

“I have to walk 20 miles–not all at once,” said Ben. “I’ve been doing a walk a little every night and have walked around 15 miles.”

Those miles are part of a virtual walk-a-thon to raise funds for Charlotte SEE’s after school program, which helps the visually impaired.

“It teaches us independent living like cooking and stuff cane skills arts and crafts and we have some outdoor time,” Ben said.

Ben’s 20 mile journey will help the school be able to continue to cater to those who also can’t see to help the program buy computers and iPads.

The main fundraising for the group ‘Dining in the Dark,’ was canceled due to COVID-19, but that hasn’t stopped Ben from giving back, one step at a time.

“I’m raising money and walking 20 miles so they can keep doing it,” Ben said.

Click here if you want to donate to Ben’s fundraiser.

News Nation affiliate WJZY contributed to this report.

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