Kyle Coon lost his sight at the age of six after a battle with cancer. Since then, he has turned adversity into his vision, becoming an inspirational speaker, author and adventure athlete.
As a young child, Kyle was shown how to embrace his adversity by world-class blind athlete Erik Weihenmayer who encouraged him to live life to the fullest. Kyle took Weihenmayer’s advice to heart and began to live his life without limits.
As part of Global Explorers, his 2006 expedition along the Ankascocha Trail into Machu Picchu, ushered him and teammates to the foundations of Team Sight Unseen, a group of blind, visually impaired and sighted mountaineers whose goal is to help people from all walks of life realize their full potential. Kyle has climbed to amazing heights in his personal and mountaineering career, summiting heights such as Mt. St. Helens, in Washington and scaling Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. He has also competed in endurance races including the Walt Disney World® Goofy Race and a Half Challenge, and Ironman 70.3 and 140.6 triathlons.
Kyle has spoken to major organizations about his adversity and triumphs including various Rotary Clubs in Florida and Taiwan, the International Association of Refrigerated Warehousing, and The American Cancer Society. He has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and in Backpacker Magazine.
Losing sight has only served as a base for Kyle’s ability to master his ambitions despite his inability to see them. Inspiring those with similar challenges and sharing a few laughs along the way has become his trademark.
A graduate of the University of Central Florida with a degree in communication, Kyle shares his message of living a life without limits to a variety of audiences. Through his experiences as a totally blind person and adventure athlete, he demonstrates the importance of vision, commitment and courage to living a life without limits and embracing the adversity along our life’s journey.
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