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Ben Underwood

Ben lost both his eyes to cancer at the age of 3, but with his mom Aquanetta’s relentless encouragement and Ben’s reckless hope, he developed his own form of Echolocation and learned to “see” again.
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Ben’s Life

1992 – 2009

Diagnosed with retinal cancer at the age of two, Ben Underwood had his eyes removed at the age of three. He was able to detect the location of objects by making frequent clicking noises with his tongue.

He used it to accomplish such feats as running, playing basketball, riding a bicycle, rollerblading, playing football, and skateboarding  More Info

Ben Underwood Foundation

Ben’s Dream

Ben believed that stories could change lives. Here are a collection of stories to motivate and bring hope.

Reckless Hope

Ben’s Charity

Ben’s legacy lives on with Reckless Hope. A charity formed in honor of Ben’s amazing life.

Aquanetta Gordon

Ben’s Mom

She raised 5 kids as a singel mom. Lost one to cancer and another to gun violence. This is her story.

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Video – About Echolocation – Oprah 2006

Seeing Without Eyes

Ben developed a clicking sound which bounced off objects allowing him to see without eyes. It’s called echolocation. He used it to do amazing things that blind people don’t normally do, but he was determined to live his life fully.

Never Give UP

Ben traveled around the country speaking to young people and encouraging them to never give up. Even though problems will come and we will have obsticles, never lose faith that you CAN DO IT!

When someone tells me I can't do something, it makes me try even harder.

– Ben Underwood

Sometimes I feel I can see others better than people who have eyes because I look at the heart.

– Ben Underwood

I always told Ben, "You can do anything" because I wanted him to try and not give up.

– Aquanetta Gordon (Ben’s Mom)

My mom didn't give my any breaks! I had to carry my own weight!

– Ben Underwood

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08 Sep 2017

Book about Ben’s Life

Written by Ben’s mom, Echoes of an Angel is the story of Ben’s amazing life and his moms journey that got him there.

08 Sep 2017

Reckless Hope

Ben had a type of reckless hope that defied logic. He was able to do almost anything he set his mind to..

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Watching Ben’s video has changed my life. I am so inspired now.

So sorry to hear that Ben died. Much love to his mom.

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