Craig Wolfrom - Photographer

Essays: Battling Blindness

Sun Valley, Idaho

Sun Valley Adaptive Sports hosts a "Snow Camp" for six Iraqi war veterans who either completely lost their sight or have become visually impaired by mortar, IED, or rocket attacks. The week uses winter sports such as downhill skiing as therapy toward emotional and phyical rehabilitation.

Ivan, leaves his room at 5:15 a.m. to use the hotel's workout facility.  He is currently training for the Boston Marathon.
  
Without a radio, Ivan searches for VH1 for his workout.
  
On September 2nd, 2006, while on a rooftop in Yusufiyah, Iraq, a mortar explosion left Ivan completely blind.
     
  
Ivan regained consciousness a few days later in Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.
  
Sun Valley Adaptive Sports (SVAS) relies on many volunteers to make camps like this one possible.
  
Participants at this
     
  
As Tom Iselin, director of SVAS says,
  
Iselin continues,