When Mark DeMontis was a little boy he wanted to grow up to be a professional hockey player.
He played Triple-A hockey and was offered an NCAA hockey scholarship in the States. But when DeMontis was just 17, he lost much of his eyesight due to a rare condition, Leber's Optic Neuropathy.
Now 24, DeMontis, founder of the charity Courage Canada, is prepping to inline-skate from Halifax to Weston, Ontario, in support of learn-to-skate programs and hockey events for the visually impaired.
Watch his story below:
Courage Canada currently has programs in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia.
"I really wanted to be a part of something in my life that would really make a difference," DeMontis told the Toronto Sun. "I founded Courage Canada so that these youth and adults who are visually impaired can have an opportunity just like I had growing up, and that I was blessed with, to learn and play something that's really special here in Canada."
DeMontis and his team — three partners and an RV —Read More »from Blind hockey player Mark DeMontis plans to skate from Nova Scotia to Ontario