BLIND TRIPLETS MAKE BOY SCOUT HISTORY

For the first time in the 107-year history of the Boy Scouts of America, blind triplets from Virginia earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Leo, Nick, and Steven Cantos met every requirement “under the same conditions as their sighted peers, with no extensions or special considerations.” Among the requirements they accomplished are zip lining, whitewater rafting, knot-tying, first aid and archery skills. It’s an achievement only about 4 percent of Scouts accomplish. The 18-year-old boys, born prematurely and weighing about a pound each, are blind from a condition called retinopathy of prematurity. It’s a disease that occurs in premature babies and causes blindness. Their adoptive father, Ollie Cantos, who is also blind, pinned the 18-year-old brothers’ Eagle Scout emblems on them. He also received a pin from them.


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