Izan’s journey at Foundation for Blind Children (FBC) is one of progress and triumph. At just three years old, Izan was diagnosed with a Cortical Visual Impairment, but he didn’t let that stop him. He joined FBC’s Early Intervention program where he received the care and support he needed to thrive.

Today, at five years old, Izan is conquering major goals with his infectious laugh and quirky personality in tow. His latest accomplishment is taking his first steps independently, something that was once just a dream. Brea Bornscheuer, a physical therapy intern from Northern Arizona University, recalls the moment when Izan first walked on his own. “He popped up and started wobbling around. He was ready to walk,” she says. “We took him out to the playground, and he just took off. It has been exciting to see.”

Izan walking around the gym with the help of a teacher

Izan’s progress is the result of a team effort. At school, Brea encouraged him to use a gait trainer for support, while at home, his mother, Fabiola, helped him navigate their home using walls as support. Together, they pushed Izan to explore and roam freely until one day, he was exploring all on his own without walls.

But Izan’s journey is far from over. His teacher, Gabe Carrejo, is currently focusing on Izan’s social and sensory skills. Using noise and movement to capture Izan’s attention, Gabe and his assistant Maria are helping Izan feel comfortable and less defensive about new textures.

Izan’s next big goals include exploring new flavors and walking with shoes, and his mother is working on feeding therapy at home to transition him from formula to purees. But with the support of FBC’s care team, Izan is ready to take on whatever challenges come his way.

“They have the love and patience to take care of people who have needs,” says Fabiola, proud of her son and excited for what the future holds.

Thanks to your support, Izan is taking big steps into the future, and he’s ready to conquer kindergarten with the same determination and perseverance that has brought him this far. His journey is a testament to the power of love, patience, and care, and we are grateful to be a part of it.