Dan Mancina

Blind Skateboarder Proves Disease Won't Stop Him

April 09, 2018 - 10:42 am
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By Kayla Jardine

Dan Mancina has been skateboarding since he was 7-years-old, but after losing 95% of his vision from retinitis pigmentosa, a hereditary eye disease that causes blindness over time, he wasn't sure he would ever ride again. 

When Dan was in his 20's the vision loss started, and he put down the board. He told Radio.com that "I thought that part of my life was done."

Now, not only does Dan skate around the country, but he's also showing people that he's able to do anything a sighted-person can do. From rollercoasters to ice skating, Dan is a master at tackling tasks. 

Dan Mancina

The Michigan skater shares his experiences on his social platforms, like Instagram and Facebook, and hopes to encourage other people to never give up on their dreams, but he also doesn't shy away from posting his mess-ups when trying to learn a task, even sharing videos of him falling off of his skateboard. 

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He told Radio.com that he "eventually realized I didn’t have to change the things I loved because of my blindness." He even rode a bull last summer. "It was really crazy. Adrenaline rush like you can't imagine."

 

Dan Mancina

Many of the cool events and places Dan gets to travel are thanks to his sponsors, Real Skateboards, Adidas, and Independent Trucks. "They really helped to encourage me to keep chasing my dreams," he said. "Not many people are sponsored at 30-years-old."

Dan hopes to one day open a skatepark that’s just for blind kids. "We can bring blind kids in there," he added, "and introduce them to something different."

There’s no slowing his roll.