Jay Blake, founder and president of "Follow A Dream" and the only totally blind crew chief in the worldwide sport of auto racing, recently visited the Kids of Children in Crisis. Blake leads his team of racing professionals in NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car competition, where they finished the 2011 season ranked 7th in national points. His team also took runner-up honors at the Gator Nationals in Gainesville, Fla., recently

While working as the head mechanic of a transportation company in May 1997, Blake was involved in an industrial accident that caused him to lose complete sight, smell and taste. Refusing to give up on life, he aggressively participated in rehabilitation.  With renewed self-determination, Blake began to follow his dream -- owning a professional auto-racing team.  He soon learned that even without his sight, he was still able to do what he loved most, work on racing engines.

Turning his dream into a reality, Blake combined his true-life success by inspiring others to accomplish their goals through the power of positive thinking, self determination and teamwork.

 According to Ken Hair, CIC president & CEO, “Jay's motivational speech inspired more than 30 children and staff at the CIC Children's Neighborhood.  He helped provide our at-risk kids with tools for their 'life toolbox' and help to put a little fun back into their lives. Jay's visit truly made a difference and we are very thankful for the visit."

To learn more about Children in Crisis, call 850-864-4242 or visit www.childrenincrisisfl.org.