Olegario “Ollie Cantos” was born prematurely with a condition that has left him completely blind. But he hasn’t let that slow him down in life. The 47-year-old works in Washington, D.C. for the American Association of People with Disabilities, helping others reach their full potential despite any limitations society thinks they have.
So when a friend from church wanted Ollie to mentor a set of blind triplets, he agreed. He met Leo, Steven, and Nick back in 2010 and they bonded over all having the same condition that caused their blindness. The boys needed someone to look up to and Ollie stepped in and they all became really close.
Things were tough at home for the triplets and they were bullied at school and beyond that they were shut ins. Ollie worked with the boys and helped them learn to be independent like he is, managed their schooling, spent nights and weekends with them and then became their legal guardian in 2016.
Now the triplets are 18 and have excelled in life with Ollie’s help. They’ve all become Eagle Scouts and did it without taking shortcuts. “They never seek exceptions to the rule,” Ollie says. “I just want them to be the best people they can be.”