YORK, Pa. - A teenager and his grandpa are seeing certain colors for the first time thanks to technology and a contest. Kohen Stover's parents heard about a nationwide contest being conducted by Clorox and EnChroma. EnChroma makes glasses that help color blind people see more colors. Kohen had to submit a video. Here is what he said:
Out of 200 submissions, Kohen won and asked if he could have a pair for his grandpa too. The companies agreed.
"I thought it'd be cool because we have the same color blindness and we can now see the same colors as each other," said Kohen Stover.
Friday evening, at the York Galleria, the family gathered in front of the Santa display. Kohen and his grandpa are not able to see bright red and the family felt the setting would be right for them to try on the glasses for the first time.
The catch, Kohen surprised his grandpa, Larry Boozer, with the glasses. He has spent 75 years unable to see certain colors.
Boozer could not hold back the happy tears as he said "wow" and took a look around. Boozer is so very thankful. He cannot wait to see certain things with them on.
"Never seen a rainbow, other than the yellow and part of the orange, no other color. Never seen a sunset," said Larry Boozer.
"My son and my dad are going to really get to appreciate nature, which I love so much, and see all the colors," said Kohen's mother Kellie.
Kohen and his grandfather experience new colors with glasses for the colorblind:
Kellie jokes that as a teenager she got mad at her dad so she rearranged his socks drawer. She knew he could not tell the difference between navy, brown and black. He ended up wearing mismatched socks to meet with a client. The client laughed, but her dad was mad. Now, she cannot get away with ever doing it again.
Kohen called the experience "wicked". For the first time, he was able to see Raven purple. Bleacher Bums, a store in the Galleria, even gave him a Raven's hat and hoody.
"I never get to see them running down the field. We have season tickets right behind the end zone and I never get to see them," said Kohen.
The glasses are mostly meant for outdoors. Kohen can even play sports in them. They were developed by Dr. Don Pherson and his team. They do have a bit of a back log, but are available to people for about $400.
Valspar Color For The Colorblind: