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Caroline's Blindfold Challenge

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Caroline Gaffney

THE STORY:

You have to walk before you can run. Do something uncomfortable every day. Before you judge someone, walk a mile in their shoes. Check. Check. Check. And today was only the training session. Next Saturday April 15th, I will run a 5k road race with several thousand people through the streets of Boston -- blindfolded. My guide Bridget will alert me to turns in the road, other runners, potholes and obstacles. When we cross the finish line I will flip the blindfold off and resume my life as a sighted person, able to drive myself wherever I want to go, run whenever I want to run, and navigate everyday situations without the caution or confusion many visually impaired folks live with every day. I will be different after that experience, though. I know that for sure, because after the one-hour training session today -- on a track with plenty of space and lots of support -- I already feel different. It was HARD. Initially, my guide and I walked at a snail's pace. Getting my balance was hard, not 'drifting' to one side of the track and bumping into her was hard, hearing people talk and wondering 'are they talking to me?' since I couldn't see them was hard. At times the tether didn't feel supportive enough and I had to reach for her arm since I felt like I was tipping over. It was very challenging and very tiring. My dad was diagnosed w/RP (retinitis pigmentosa) over 20 years ago. His vision has deteriorated over time to what he now describes as something akin to looking through a straw. I try to be as patient and as understanding as possible when guiding him, but I now have a better sense of how he feels and how I can do better and be more compassionate. I have a whole new appreciation for the challenges he faces and the outstanding job he does living independently, traveling, reading, taking in art museums, and volunteering. Today's training session was led by a runner who is visually impaired himself. He emphasized that our mission as blindfolded runners and guides is not only to raise funds (for the Mass Association for the Blind, Carroll Center for the Blind, Perkins, and National Braille Press) although that is important and appreciated. Our mission is to raise awareness - not only awareness of the CHALLENGES faced by blind and visually impaired people, but most importantly, of the CAPABILITIES in this community. THIS is what I'm most excited about. I know that everyone is bombarded with fundraising requests and many of you have been so generous with your contributions to our endeavors - Meghan and I are both very appreciative. If you can contribute to my fundraising efforts, please do so knowing that you have my sincere thanks. Most importantly though - challenge yourself to walk in someone else's shoes today. See the challenges they face, but also their CAPABILITIES. Look around you and know that the folks you see with visual (or other) impairments are busting through barriers to get where they want to go...and they are rockin' it. Be compassionate. Be supportive. Lend a hand. And cheer for those around you. THANK YOU.

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To This Fundraiser

$2,350

MONEY RAISED
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  • Kim and Chris Marion

    $20

  • Shannon & Bob LeBlanc

    $100

  • Craig Cormier

    $100

  • Tony & Kevin

    $250

  • Matthew Lafond

     

  • Heather Schmidt

    $50

  • Kate Constantino

    $50

  • Chuck McArdle

    $25

  • Bette Stolpinski

    $30

  • Chris Manfredi

    $20

  • Jen Connelly

     

  • Leslie Tane

    $10

  • Jesse Solomon and Jason Purcell

    $100

  • Vicki Arel

    $35

  • Joanmarie McCune

    $50

  • Sara Shea

    $15

  • Paul Mozzocci

    $100

  • Kelly & Ron Sia

    $50

  • Bart Verry

    $50

  • Philip Finch

    $112

  • Tony and Linda

    $100

  • Mark, Bridget, Avery, Oscar & Cora Gaffney

    $150

  • The Suffredini Family :)

    $100

  • The Smith Family

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Allison Parker

    $50

  • Daisy and Marty Goughan

    $258

  • Nan

     

  • Jennifer Volin

    $50

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118% Raised of $2,000 Goal

The Team: $2,350 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Caroline Gaffney

Amount Raised

$2,350

 

118% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Myles Gaffney

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Jennifer Volin

Jennifer Volin

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Nan

Nan

1 year ago

Daisy and Marty Goughan

Daisy and Marty Goughan

DONATION: $258

1 year ago

Allison Parker

Allison Parker

DONATION: $50

Way to go, Team Gaffney! 1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

Steve and Mary Hailer 1 year ago

The Smith Family

The Smith Family

DONATION: $50

Good luck on Saturday! 1 year ago

The Suffredini Family :)

The Suffredini Family :)

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Mark, Bridget, Avery, Oscar & Cora Gaffney

Mark, Bridget, Avery, Oscar & Cora Gaffney

DONATION: $150

In Tribute to my Dad / our Grampy 1 year ago

Tony and Linda

Tony and Linda

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Philip Finch

Philip Finch

DONATION: $112

1 year ago