Teen Spotlight – Kendra W.
Hey my name is Kendra W. and I am an 18 year old musician with albinism!
I can honestly say that growing up with albinism has been an interesting challenge. I have a sister who is about 3 years older than me. She also has albinism and we both needed glasses at age 3 and beyond. While growing up I always needed sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses in order to be outside even in the winter time. I did have to deal with bullies who didn’t understand why I had such bright hair or why I was so pale and growing up I didn’t fully understand it either. Through these years I had an outlet though, that outlet was music.
As a small child I would dance and sing to any song that would play and as middle school rolled around I found a love and passion for creating music. I learned how to play the piano and many percussion instruments. Playing music is a way for me to release all and any emotions I feel. Music has helped me through any obstacle in my life and I hope one day I can do the same for someone else.
My dream is to go to college for producing, start a band, and make music to change the world. If I do become famous I would spread awareness about albinism hoping one day anyone with it won’t face judgment.
One obstacle that I will face my whole life is my sight. I have seen multiple doctors who all said I will be legally blind for the rest of my life until the doctor I have now. Doc H has not only help improve my vision but gave me a sense of freedom and hope. He has done research on Albinism to help me be able to drive. I know I am very lucky to have made this progress but I have to admit a lot of it was from him not giving up on me. I know I will never truly see 20/20 but I am working to be as close as I can get.
I hope everyone future is as bright as our hair! Keep shining everyone because we’re all stars!