Sami Stoner was diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease when she was thirteen years old. The hereditary eye condition degraded her eye sight over time until she became legally blind. Sami did not let her disability take away her passion to run cross country track. Sami and her coaches petitioned the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) to allow her to run with her guide dog. Her efforts influenced the National Federation of State High School Associations to change their rules allowing state organziations the flexibility to review and revise rules on a case-by-case basis for athletes with disabilities. As a result, Sami and her guide dog, Chole were able to participate in competitions, and future athletes with disabilities are able to live out their dreams as well.
Sami Stoner has been recognized by “ESPN,” the “Steve Harvey Show,” “Good Morning America,” along with Coca-Cola, Purina, and other international companies. She has conducted interviews for over 10 radio stations, 15 magazines, and 20 newspapers, and has had over 100,000 online articles published.
Through interviews, old photographs, and modern photography, this five-minute documentary describes the challenges of being legally blind and how Sami has adapted to live out her dreams.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Brittney Lybarger is a 17 year old filmmaker and photographer who operates her own business “Brittney Lybarger Photography and Video.” In future, Miss Lybarger plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh and pursue a career in marketing.