This inspiring story comes to us from wbur.org.
“The New England ski season is ending, but some friendships forged on the slopes are more enduring.
Dick Perkins, 78, and Tony Carleton, 80, have been friends since the 1950s, when they met as undergrads on the Dartmouth College ski team. They went on to build successful careers around Boston, where they raised families, welcomed grandchildren — and kept skiing.
About two decades ago, Tony was hit with a permanent neurological disorder that destroyed his upper body strength and made walking difficult. But he could still ski.
Then, a few years ago, macular degeneration left Dick legally blind, and he had to hang up his skis.
Until Tony had an idea: He proposed serving as a ski guide, so his visually impaired friend could return to the mountain.
With hearty laughs, they joke that they represent a classic image: the halt leading the blind. They shared their story with WBUR.”