LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) -Red, blue sky and green grass. Things that many of us are used to seeing, but we can take for granted.
A teenager Lincoln can’t see colors well, that’s until his friends surprise him with a special birthday present. What started was an argument with Zane Stubbendeck and his friends about what color the stain on his sock had turned into when it was discovered that he was colorblind.
His friends talked about buying him glasses that help colorblind people see colors, and it finally happened on Zane’s 19th birthday.
“I’ve heard of bricks being red, but I don’t know how true that is,” says Zane.
Through Zane’s eyes, he saw a lot of gray.
“It’s like I know it’s green but I see gray,” says Zane.
That was until a few weeks ago. On his 19th birthday, seven of his friends donated a total of $250 to buy him a pair of EnChroma glasses, which help colorblind people see color. They even captured the moment his world was lit up.
Zane said: “I put them on and was very emotional. “I was very worried at first that they wouldn’t work. When I put on my glasses, I immediately saw a red car and that was the first time I saw red.”
“I told him for a long time that it was going to happen, but I didn’t know when,” said EJ Soucek, Zane’s friend. “So now that I finally get to do it for him, I’m so 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 choose clothes and making sure he’s fit along the way. They were the kind of friends that really brightened his life.
“The only reason I was able to experience it was because of them, so I couldn’t be more grateful to have people like that around me,” says Zane.
The EnChroma glasses Zane has are for outdoor use, but the company will send him a pair indoors for free. They also made him a brand ambassador for the company.
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