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Blind man takes a leap of faith


Even blindness can't stop one Savannah man from taking a leap of faith.

Ken Earls has been legally blind his entire life, but he didn't let that stop him from skydiving and encouraging others to push their limits.

"I am a little nervous, but I am going to do it," said Earls as he was readying for the jump.

Earls wouldn't describe himself as adventurous, but when the opportunity arose to skydive in Las Vegas during the American Council for the Blind convention, he decided to take the leap.

"I am not a risk taker," said Earls. "This was totally out of character for me."

Earls took the challenge head on. 

"Alright Ken, we are about to do it. Are you ready to jump out that door?" yelled Earls' jump partner.

"No turning back now," said Earls.

After a short flight thousands of feet into the sky, Earls finally got to jump. 

"I was surprised. He got me out quicker than I thought," said Earls. "You have to be in a certain position to get out of the plane. I didn't get in that position and the next thing I knew, I was face down going out of the plane. It was absolutely the best experience of my life."

After just a few minutes, Earls feet were back on ground. 

"Ken, what do you think?" his partner said.

"It was amazing, awesome, unbelievable!" shouted Earls.

Earls said it's important for people to push their limits and learn to overcome self doubt. 

"No mater what your ability, disability, whatever the case may be, if you have the chance to do something that you may have the slightest inkling to do, do it, because as Mike Manhatton told me, you never know what is going to happen tomorrow," said Earls.

Earls says he hopes this inspires others to have the courage to live life to the fullest. 

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