Wednesday April 3, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
President & Crew Chief
Follow a Dream
In this moving presentation, speaker Jay Blake motivates the audience to pursue their life dreams by using his personal testimony following a life-changing accident which left him totally blind. Jay recounts his journey from the accident to realizing his own dream of owning a professional racing team. Important life values and skills such as a positive attitude, the importance of education, passion, self-determination, and team building are underscored in this motivational, life-affirming address from a speaker who, indeed, has “walked the walk.” While Mr. Blake’s passion is automotive based, presentations are designed to inspire individuals to pursue their life goals & dreams.
Jay had an idyllic childhood growing up in Whalen, Massachusetts, then later relocated with his family to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Jay was close with all of his siblings, but particularly fond of his older brother Jim, whom Jay often followed to the drag strip. He would help his brother work on his dragster and dream of having his own racecar and someday racing it at the track. Jay's almost lost sight of his dreams.
While working as the head mechanic of a transportation company in May 1997, Jay Blake was involved in an industrial accident that caused him to lose complete sight, smell, and taste. At the age of 31, he was faced with relearning how to live as a completely blind person.
Refusing to give up on life, Jay aggressively participated in rehabilitation. After being released from Massachusetts General Hospital, he enrolled in an intensive program at The Carroll Center for the Blind. With renewed determination, Jay began to once again follow his dream of owning a professional drag racing team. He soon learned that even without sight, he was still able to do what he loved most--work on racing engines.
Jay combined his renewed participation in drag racing with his desire to spread his true-life success by inspiring others to accomplish their goals through the power of positive thinking, self-determination, and teamwork.
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Met people who I've wanted to identify and meet for many years.
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