When Mark DeMontis was a kid he wanted to become a professional hockey player. He almost made it.

At age seventeen he was a year from playing NCAA hockey, with hopes of becoming a pro. Then he was diagnosed with Leber’s Optic Neuropathy, a disease that slowly robbed him of the central vision in both eyes.

Legally blind, DeMontis didn’t give up on himself and founded Courage Canada.

In 2008, he roller-bladed from Toronto to Vancouver, to raise funds for hockey programs for the blind. Assisted by CNIB and Accessible Media Inc., he works to help blind youth play the game he loves.

And along the way DeMontis provides an inspiration with his never give up attitude.