|Published:||May 30, 2011 10:25 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 30, 2011 10:26 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A 15-year-old Southwest Florida teenager is defying the odds. Matt Milligan, who has cerebral palsy, has not let his disability stand in his way.
Despite being born "blue, not breathing" as Milligan said, he's an active teen.
Milligan enjoys riding his bike with his brother.
His speech and fine motor skills have been affected, but they are not limiting.
When he was nine years old, his parents gave him an old 35 millimeter film camera.
"That really inspired me and I just fell in love with the whole thing," he said.
His passion for photography was born.
Milligan sees the beauty in things that others overlook.
"These trees here, people might pass that up," Milligan said while pointing to some old tree branches. "Those are just dead trees. I look at that and it's a potential black and white photo."
His disability creates some minor hurdles for him. His hands and arms often tremble.
He utilizes lenses with image stabilization and relies on his creativity to enhance his abilities.
"If i'm shaking quite a bit, I'll have my parents put their hands below my elbows," he said. "It's like a tripod."
In April, Milligan fulfilled a lifelong dream--the Make a Wish Organization sent him to National Geographic's headquarters in Washington D.C.
Milligan is also a published author and photographer.
He has written for Parent and Child Magazine and has his pictures published weekly in the Bonita Banner.