10-year-old Braille champion ready to compete in L.A.

Posted: May 18, 2015 By: Chelsea Washington | KOKH-TV, Oklahoma City

NORMAN – Hailey Baskeyfield is unassuming and full of the love: traits that invite you in. She’s also got a competitive nature.

The 10 year old Norman girl is headed to the National Braille Challenge in Los Angeles for the fourth year in a row.
“It means so much to me and I’m competing against the best of the best,” Baskeyfield said.

Hailey was born blind and with a spinal condition.

When she was born doctors said she wouldn’t be able to sit up or walk but like all champions it hasn’t stopped her.

She’s the 2015 Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Ambassador and Hailey’s created a Cherokee Braille System. She attends Jackson Elementary in Norman. Hailey is also a friend of the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office and often spends her free time sharing her determined spirit at different speaking engagements.

She’ll compete in the National Braille Challenge in just a few weeks which includes categories like accuracy and spelling. Families, however, have to provide the bulk of the money themselves to get their children to California. But Hailey is determined not to let money stand in her way.

Family and friends have set up a go fund me page to help pay her trip to Los Angeles and so far about $1,000 has been raised.

The goal is $6,000 for next month’s trip and those who have donated have each left inspirational messages.

As she’s leaving Hailey tells Fox 25 she won’t ever let adversity define her life and sets off for her next adventure.