No excuses for athlete going blind and deaf

Rebecca Alexander, a 36-year-old New Yorker, is beautiful inside and out.

She’s also a powerhouse.

“Pick up your speed! Fifteen seconds! All you got! Go for it!” she yells from the saddle of her spin bike at the Mandel JCC in Beachwood.

She is an extreme athlete who has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

Most would never know that she is progressively going blind and deaf. It will inevitably get worse as she gets older.

It’s a rare genetic mutation called Usher Syndrome Type III.

There’s no treatment, no cure and no excuses.

“I think of my life much more from the perspective of what CAN I do,” said Alexander.

She’s constantly fine-tuning her body into a well-oiled workout machine.

“When you have two senses that you are losing that are completely out of your control, one of the things you can control is the rest of your body,” said Alexander. “You know, I’m 36 years old. I was told, by the time I was 30, I’d be completely blind, so to have 10 degrees of vision when most people have 180 degrees is a blessing,” said Alexander.

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