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Posted in Inspiring Others
May 15, 2019

When Colorblindness Almost Cost This Student Her Career, Her Classmates Rallied to Help

Savannah Allen has always been aware that she suffers from colorblindness – but when she was recently told that her impairment could keep her from achieving her dreams, she was devastated.

The 22-year-old student has spent the last two years studying to be a dental hygienist at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College.

Ever since she was a little girl, Allen knew she wanted to work in healthcare – and after she began working with patients through the university’s Dental Hygiene Clinic, it seemed that her dream was going to come true.

But when Allen’s instructor realized that the young student could not differentiate between the color of plaque and gum tissue, there was a strong chance that Allen would have to give up her academic career.

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Heartbroken by her predicament, four of Allen’s friends created a GoFundMe page to raise money for a pair of EnChroma colorblind corrective glasses.

Every single one of the 40 students in their dental program donated to the campaign until the page had successfully reached its $400 goal.

When Allen’s classmates surprised her with the glasses, she could barely contain her emotions.

Not only was Allen able to see color for the first time in her life, she was also able to continue with the dental program.

“It literally took my breath away. I haven’t seen color in 21 years; it was overwhelming,” said Allen.

“That they would do something like this for me is amazing,” she said of her friends. “The glasses have improved my quality of life 100 percent!”

(WATCH the news coverage below) – Photo by Michele Cartuyvelles

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