West Chester U. Student Overcomes Disability With Vision Of Hope

CBS Philly

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) – Twenty-two-year-old West Chester University senior Tarik Williams is more than a big man on campus.

He’s “King of the Rams.”

But his rise to the top had its own unique set of challenges.

When he was diagnosed with a genetic disease that robbed him of his central vision in 2009, he vowed he wouldn’t let it rob him of his future.

So, he created a vision for his life, and today, it serves as a vision of hope for the rest of us.

He’s a rapper with a message of hope. For the past six years, the English major has used song-writing to cope with Leber hereditary optic neuropathy, or LHON.

It may have stolen his central vision, but it didn’t steal his focus.

“When I’m on stage performing, I honestly can’t tell you what happens, because I get into this zone where I’m not…

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