"To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself."
- Søren Kierkegaard
Mike May was totally blinded at age three from an explosion of calcium carbide. He grew up believing he was lucky to be blind and still alive. Mike has been an innovator of many technologies including navigation systems that improve the independence of people who are blind. Mike's personal life and professional career have been characterized by pioneering efforts in business and community service
To further the efforts of his causes and ventures, Mike May has generated media seen by millions of viewers. He has met numerous celebrities including meeting four U.S. Presidents. Mike was acknowledged at the White House by Ronald Reagan after skiing the first-ever run by a blind person in the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo in 1984 when the President said, "Mike, you and the other competitors here are testimony to all young people that they should never be afraid to dream big dreams and they should never hesitate to try to make those dreams a reality."
It is said that adversity builds character. Mike takes that statement a step further by allowing his character to conquer adversity. He has many qualities that exemplify Mike as an innovator and leader.