Why This Talented Baker Refuses To Be Limited By Her Half-Blindness
Carina Comer owns a bakery in Beaverton, Oregon, where she employs five people. Three of those employees are sight-impaired, just like Carina is. The menus at the bakery are printed in extra-large font, and two seeing-eye dogs hang out by the register at the front counter, ready to help Carina or the other bakery workers at a moment's notice.
None of these unique quirks of Carina's bakery bother customers.
Instead, they take them as evidence of the incredible perseverance and determination embraced by the baker and her staff. Because this place is decades in the making.
Carina was just 9 months old when doctors removed a tumor in her brain, leaving her blind in one eye and with limited sight in the other. She endured treatment for cancer throughout the first several years of her life. But despite these challenges, Carina and her parents never settled for a life that was less than full. So when Carina became determined to give back to the hospital that had treated her, her mother Karin taught Carina how to bake, so that the second-grader could sell cookies around her neighborhood and donate the money to the hospital.
Fast-forward through schooling and college for culinary arts, hardships and rejections from places where she wanted to bake, and Carina at last landed on her feet in the Portland area, with a bakery of her own. She hired other people living with limited sight, giving them chances that they were hard-pressed to find elsewhere.
Today, the bakery owner credits her parents with instilling a hard-work ethic in her and refusing to give in to pity. "Perseverance and determination," Carina says, "those traits run deep in my family."Photos via OregonLive. If you'd like to dial up the inspiration even more, visit the HooplaHa YouTube Channel and press play!