NWATLANTA - An Atlanta high school wrestler is proving that just because you lose your eyesight, it doesn't mean you've lost your vision.
Luke Putney, a senior at North Atlanta High School, was the only athlete in Georgia to win aFoot Locker Scholar Athlete Award. His prowess on the wrestling mat was only part of the reason.
"God has done incredible things in my life," said Putney.
Putney's eyesight started to leave him when he was 12-years-old. As his vision started to dim, his heart began to glow.
Over the past few years, he has raised money to provide guitars to cancer patients. The effort was inspired by the music that has helped him cope.
Against the advice of his doctors, he not only wrestled but became captain of the North Atlanta team. He convinced others to donate money for each win and raised enough to construct a well in the Sudan.
Last year, Putney was named one of 11Alive's Kids Who Care.
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"When I was 16-years-old I think I was selling Girl Scout cookies," said his mother. "I'm constantly amazed."
There's also his 4.0 grade point average, and the musical talent he intends to pursue in college.
Foot Locker has awarded him $20,000 for the honor of being awarded one of twenty scholar athletes across the country.
"It's too much to expect one body to do what Luke has so gracefully done, but when somebody like Luke does that, wow," said North Atlanta High Principal Gene Taylor.
Putney said the money will likely go toward a mission trip to South America..
"God gave it to me, so I have to give it to other people," said Putney.
Putney plans to attend Belmont University in Nashville.