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 Blake Boudreaux 

with CSF Founder Yeshim Yonter and Charlene Bliss

  Proudly Displaying his $10,000 Ronald G. Bliss Scholarship Check 

                               

Blake has graduated from Texas A&M University in 2007 with high honors majoring in Communications and Sociology. Blake received the first "Ronald G. Bliss Outstanding Achievement Award and $10,000 Scholarship" at the CSF Gala in 2004. 

Dr. Paul Salmonsen, of the Houston Eye Associates, calls him his "miracle man." He was born with bilateral retinoblastoma, cancer of the eyes. At the age of 14 months old, His left eye was removed at Hermann Hospital followed by radiation treatments at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. A year later the doctors found 25 new cancerous tumors in his radiated eye. They were removed. Blake has been put under anesthesia 53 times before his third birthday. He is now legally blind having only 5 percent vision in his right eye. Blake prides himself on the fact he is the only blind football player Deer Park High School has ever had. His "beep baseball" team recently won the Regional Tournament to advance to the coming World Tournament. In his own words:

"Cancer has really impacted my values in life. I think it is extremely important to find a cure for cancer, educate our community on this dreaded disease and help people who have cancer and need assistance. My mother is a team captain for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and I have participated every year as a team member.

 Cancer has played a big part in my career goals. If I could see, I would have many more options and job opportunities; but, that is not the hand I was dealt in life. I feel I will always be disadvantaged because of my lack of sight; so, I know how important it is to get an education and have a degree. I am very fortunate to have Cancer Survivorsí Fund on my side to help me achieve my dreams."

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