By Anne Cacherell
Contrary to what other people think, it’s not the disability that makes a disabled person inspirational. It is what they do with their lives and how they make themselves significant and of service to other people. Meet Christopher Duffley of Manchester, New Hampshire, a 14-year old blind singer with autism that made a trending status on social media after his touching performance at Fenway Park.
Born prematurely, Christopher weighed only 1 pound and 12 ounces at birth. He was also rendered blind due to abnormal development of his retinal blood vessels.
On August 17, 2015, the young singer and multi-instrumentalist sang the Star Spangled Banner at Fenway Park before the Cleveland Indians-Boston Red Sox game. This wasn’t his first public performance though. Christopher has been bringing joy to other people through his songs since he was in first grade. He has been making great contributions in the community by participating in fundraising events for autism and local non-profit organizations such as New Horizons, Salvation Army and Easter Seals. He also sings to nursing homes and church events.
On his website, Christopher imparts his mission in life, and that is to share God’s vision through his inspirational singing. Be moved by Christopher’s music by watching this video.
Disability doesn’t define you. It’s what you do with your life and how you give meaning to your existence. Were you inspired by Christopher’s story? Feel free to leave your comments below.