It was September 2006 when Army Captain Ivan Castro suffered a mortar attack while serving in Iraq. The devastating blast left Castro permanently blind. Soon after, Castro found himself battling with anger and depression. He eventually met with a blind Marine however who helped him realize that the man he had always been was still alive.
As quoted from a recent Runner’s World story:
“A visit from a blind Marine two months after the attack made Castro realize that although his ability to see was gone, he’s the soldier, the leader, the guy who loved a challenge, was not. Castro, who had been a runner since high school, set a goal to finish his first marathon.”
As you’ll see next, he accomplished his original goal and then some. He’s already run 12 marathons since the attack.
Another inspiring video of Castro can be seen below:
“Adversity introduces a man to himself.” – Thomas Fuller