In 1996, 23-year-old David Bigoney was shot in the head by his stepmother, who also killed his father and then herself. Undiscovered for seven hours, Bigoney survived, but was left completely blind. Initially unable to navigate his home without bumping into walls, he began training for Iron Man triathlons to give himself purpose. He finished his first event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, just minutes before the 17-hour deadline.
Bigoney was surprised to hear he inspired others. “Inspire you? I’m here for me,” he thought. Eventually Bigoney began Team Vision Foundation to help connect those with visual challenges to sports and healthy living. After competing in a 10k run as part of Team Vision, a visually challenged girl named Madison said, “I feel like an eagle!”
Bigoney says he is a better man now than when he was shot on that long ago night. “No pun intended, but it has opened my eyes to a whole other world,” he says.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me.
Guide me through life’s dark valleys, Lord.