LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – Red Husker, blue skies and green grass. Things many of us are used to seeing, but we might take it for granted.
A Lincoln teenager can’t see colors very well, until his friends surprise him with a special birthday present. What started as an argument with Zane Stubbendeck and his friends over the color of a stain on his sock turned into the discovery that he was color blind.
His friends talked about getting him the glasses that help color blind people see colors, and it finally happened for Zane’s 19th birthday.
“I heard the bricks were red, but I had no idea how true that was,” Zane said.
Through Zane’s eyes, he sees a lot of gray.
“Like I know it’s green but I see gray,” Zane said.
That was until a few weeks ago. For her 19th birthday, seven of her friends donated a total of $250 to get her a pair of EnChroma glasses, which help color blind people see colors. They even captured the moment her world lit up.
“I put them on and got emotional,” Zane said. “I was afraid they wouldn’t work at first. Put the glasses on and I immediately saw a red car and it was the first time I had seen red.
“I told him for a long time it was coming, I just didn’t know when,” Zane’s friend EJ Soucek said. “So now that I was finally doing it for him, I was really excited, but then he started crying and I had to hold back my tears.”
Zane’s friends have been by his side since high school, helping him pick out clothes and making sure he matches along the way. These are the kind of friends who literally light up his life.
“The only reason I got to experience this was because of them, so I couldn’t be more grateful to have these kind of people around me,” Zane said.
Zane’s EnChroma glasses are intended for outdoor use, but the company sends him a pair for indoors for free. They also made him a brand ambassador for the company.
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