DENVER - A Littleton couple was overjoyed for the birth of their second son. But when he came into the world, Simon and Amy Engelbert knew their son, Asher, would never see the world quite like they do.
That was until they found The Anchor Center for Blind Children in Denver, a non-profit school that turned their grief into hope for Asher's future.
Twenty weeks into the Engelbert's pregnancy, Asher was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition leaving excessive fluid in his brain.
While they coped with that diagnosis, Asher was born with another one.
"The doctor handed him to me and I looked at Simon and I said I don't think he has eyes," Amy said.
Asher was born with Septo-optic Dysplasia, a rare condition preventing the development of eyes. The disability was devastating for the family.
"I didn't know when my son was awake. I would hold him and feed him and put him right back down because I had no clue," Amy said.
They learned about the Anchor Center while in the hospital, and walked through the doors when Asher was just three-weeks-old.
It was a struggle accepting Asher's fate, but the teachers and therapists helped introduce him to the world around him.
It was built from the ground up specifically designed for children like Asher. Each room targets specific skills and gives kids a chance to learn at their own pace.
The Anchor Center helps more than 400 visually-impaired children each year, ranging from birth to five-years-old. It's the only school of its kind in Colorado.
"It was a place I fought to come to. I didn't want to be here. And five years later, it became a place I fought to leave," Amy said.
Asher's hit many milestones at the Anchor Center. This past June, he graduated from the pre-school program and moved on to Kindergarten at a public school in Littleton.
Three 9NEWSers have spent months learning and rehearsing dance routines with professional dancers from the Arthur Murray Dance Studios. The team who raises the most amount of money for the Anchor Center wins the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. More importantly, your gift will give blind children in Colorado a better future.
The event is taking place Saturday evening so it's now too late to vote for you favorite dancing anchor with a donation. You can still contribute here https://anchorcenter.ejoinme.org/donate15