TEMPLE - A high schooler in Temple is beating the odds every Friday night as thousands look on from the stands.
But it's not a football player.
Chloe Flores is blind.
Her excitement on Friday builds alongside the rest of the town. But instead of the game, it's for the music at halftime.
"I just love how it sounds," Flores said.
Flores is a percussionist in the Temple High School band. But unlike some of her classmates, learning the music is more difficult.
"I can read and write braille and they make braille music," Flores said.
At five months old, doctors told Chloe's mom her optic nerve was undeveloped.
Immediately, her mom, Carmen Flores, wanted to take the next steps.
But Chloe's next step was one which would help guide her to today.
"We just noticed early on that she just was drawn to everything, every toy that was musical or made a sound, had a jingle," Carmen said.
That love for music is Chloe's drive, as she remains a light shining joy down on those around her.
"She's incredible positive all the time and comes to rehearsal with a great attitude," Temple HS percussion teacher Ben Houghton said. "She's actually really funny and cracks a lot of jokes."
Her vision teacher, Erroll Blake, added: "Because she wanted to do it and she wanted to do her best, it inspires me to be there to push her and be there for her and it motivated me as well."
The village around her has brought that same joy into Chloe's life through the music she plays. Because now, music is everything, and it means her disability is nothing.
"I don't really have time to focus on my disability," Chloe said. "Not that I'm exactly sad about it, because I don't have anything to be sad about, I feel."
For Chloe Flores, life is a song -- the beat from which gives her hope.
"Knowing that one day, I'll be able to see. In God's time."
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