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Blind man doesn't let disability stop him from helping others

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Freddie Downs has helped to foster 82 children. (NBC) Freddie Downs has helped to foster 82 children. (NBC)
SAN DIEGO, CA (WSMV) -

Freddie Downs lost his sight in 2012 to glaucoma and diabetes, but that has not robbed him of his ability to help others.

Downs has fostered over 82 children over the last two decades, sometimes taking in six at a time.

He is in the process of adopting three children of his former foster children and becoming a father himself.

"I love seeing that first burst of light coming on in someone's head when they get it and they understand what you're talking about," said Downs. "And when I see I've touched someone's life, I'm excited."

Downs also teaches at the Braille Institute in San Diego.

If Downs has inspired you to get out and volunteer, the Special Olympics in Middle Tennessee is always looking for help. Click here for more information.

Saddle Up is a locally based organization that helps kids with disabilities to work with horses. Click here for more information.

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