At 19, Jeremy was your typical San Diego State University Sophomore. Friends, sports, fraternity and most importantly, perfect 20/20 vision. Then it happened, no warning, no time to prepare. Life began to blur. Over the next few months, Jeremy lost central vision in his right eye, followed closely by his left. The diagnosis: a rare genetic disorder called Lebers Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON), a disease that affects a mere 100 people in the U.S. each year with no treatment or cure in sight. At first, he thought losing his vision meant forfeiting his life. But Jeremy soon learned that with every challenge comes an opportunity for greatness.
When he was 19 years old, Jeremy Poincenot began losing his vision. Already a talented golfer, Poincenot was afraid that he wouldn’t be able to continue playing the sport he loved. But one year later, with a little encouragement from his mother, Poincenot went to the driving range. With that, he resolved to compete again. Poincenot, along with his father as his coach, caddy and guide, set off on a journey to play in the World Blind Golf Championship. The pair did more than play: they won. In 2011, he was honored as the San Diego Hall of Champions Challenged Athlete of the Year. Like all things, it’s the most difficult trials that shape who we are—and Jeremy is a better athlete and person because of this sport.
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Now, Jeremy strives to raise awareness of LHON, and along with the help of his friends, he created the C.U.R.E. ride (Cycling Under Reduced Eyesight), an annual fundraising bike ride that has raised over $350,000 for LHON research. His goal is to raise a million.
Today, Jeremy turns his attention to inspiring audiences all over the country, spreading his story of overcoming adversity and encouraging others to gain perspective in their own lives. He is not your ordinary motivational speaker. With a powerful personal narrative, a little wit, and a strong inspirational message, Jeremy has made it his mission to help your audience rise up to their biggest obstacles and see them as opportunities.
His objective when he steps in front of an audience is not to dictate how to succeed in life; it’s to convince individuals to be unafraid of failure. Jeremy speaks from experience and has discovered that with a limitless outlook, key insights, and the determination to persist through the challenges, anything is possible.
Jeremy has had the privilege of being featured on ABC’s 20/20, CNN.com, and MTV’s True Life and he has spoken for many prestigious companies including Wells Fargo, Aflac, Honda, John Hancock and many more. In each presentation, the message is: life is about making choices and if you choose to turn limiting beliefs into limitless opportunities, have a resolute purpose, and a hint of humor, anything is possible.
How will your audience face the obstacles in their life?
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