SACRAMENTO – Sacramento mother Aquanetta Gordon shares the story of her amazing son, Ben Underwood, in a new book, “Echoes of an Angel: The Miraculous True Story of the Boy Who Lost Both Eyes But Could Still See.” She’ll discuss the book at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria along with co-author Chris Macias on Tuesday, April 22 at 6:00 p.m.
Underwood, blind since childhood, became internationally known before his death from cancer in 2009 for his ability to “see” with echolocation. As reported in the Sacramento OBERVER, Underwood attended mainstream schools with sighted children, and even taught himself to ride a bicycle and play video games—achievements his doctors credited partly to his mother’s unyielding support. Before his untimely death, he traveled the world as an inspirational speaker and did television appearances with Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey. Ben was befriended by Stevie Wonder, who played for the 2,000 mourners who attended his funeral.
The discussion is part of the Sacramento Bee Book Club. The Tsakopoulos Library Galleria is located inside the Central Library branch, 828 I Street. The event is free, but tickets are required. They are available online at www.beebuzzpoints.com. For more information, (916) 321-1128.