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Blind Wrestler Inspires Tournament To Raise Money For Autism

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Brandon (left) and Caiden (right) formed a friendship through their love of wrestling. Brandon (left) and Caiden (right) formed a friendship through their love of wrestling.
POWELL, Ohio -

There is an inspiring story of friendship on the wrestling mats of an Olentangy school this year.

Friends Brandon Cannon and Caiden Hooks first met at a match when Brandon was impressed by Caidens ability to wrestle without his sight.

Cancer took both of Caiden's eyes. He has also been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, which is on the Autism spectrum.

That’s when Brandon got the idea to raise money for Autism awareness. He just wanted to a way to help his friend both on and off the mat.

The pair plans to participate in a match put on by Wrestle Against Autism to raise money for autism awareness on April 26 and 27. All money raised by the foundation goes to Autism awareness and helps pay for pet therapy sessions for children with Autism.

Jacob Cannon said through their training he saw that Caiden has the heart to be a wrestler and already had a good background of wrestling moves so they just had some fine tuning to do.

“Mostly I play defense, that’s why my buddy Brandon here and his dad volunteered to help train me in offensive wrestling,” said Caiden. And Brandon says Caiden has improved a lot.

With the help from Brandon and his father, Caiden won his first match.

“Being blind, it’s not actually bad. I can still get around and well, I’m guessing, I guess being blind, I guess you could say now that I think about it, it should be an experience to build faith,” said Caiden. "It might not be a total advantage, but it's an inspiration."

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