Jacob Santiago was born into a car family. He appeared in a car show when he was a couple of weeks old. His grandfather works on cars in a home garage. Jacob began saving money for a car when he was 5.
“One thing I can say about the Santiago-Thomas families is, it’s all about the cars,” Jacob said. “If you have a car you have freedom.”
But Jacob began having vision problems around the age of 12. He was diagnosed with cone-rod dystrophy, a genetic disease that is robbing him of his sight. He also has stationary night blindness, so he has poor vision in low-light situations.