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Blind 9/11 attack survivor inspires others at Red Cross Heroes Luncheon

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Michael Hingson Michael Hingson
OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) -

Everyday heroes take center stage in Owensboro at the annual Red Cross Heroes Luncheon. 

By relying on trust and teamwork, Michael Hingson and his guide dog were able to escape from the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001.

He's been blind since birth, but says that doesn't change the impact of that day.

In fact, Michael says that he probably imagines images that are more intense than what we saw.

Throughout his life, he explains that the biggest challenges he often faces are the misconceptions that people have when it comes to blindness.

Michael's worked with seven guide dogs and teaches people about the importance of being a team player.

He says his goals are to inspire others and encourage them to think differently.

"Blindness is just a nuisance just because of the fact that the world isn't really made around blindness, but the reality is it shouldn't just be made around eyesight," said Michael. "It should be made to allow for and accommodate all people, no matter what their abilities."

Michael says he wants people to realize that even though change does happen in our lives, we can control how we deal with it.

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