EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
A 14-year veteran of both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy, Aaron was an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team Leader in both Iraq and Afghanistan. On his second mission in Afghanistan in 2011, his bomb squad was disarming an Improvised Explosive Device when another one detonated. In an instant, Aaron was blinded. In August 2015, Aaron lost his hearing due to a sudden case of bacterial meningitis. The illness caused Aaron to go deaf. To help him communicate, cochlear implants now aid his hearing.
Originally a cook in the Navy, Aaron and his fiancée McKayla also started a fudge business called EOD Extra Ordinary Delights.
“I don’t have my eyesight…so a lot of the experience is taken from me. I still get to feel the air, I can feel the crispness when I inhale and exhale. Then there’s the sense of accomplishment – getting out and doing something that may be the hardest thing, physically, you’ve ever done.”
We are excited to have Aaron join our roster for his second Boston Marathon!
For the last 24 years members of Team With A Vision have toed the starting line on Marathon Monday and shown the world that with the right support anything is possible.
Our international team of blind and sighted runners race to support individuals throughout Massachusetts living with vision loss. Their efforts allow the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired to deliver professional, peer and volunteer support to over 1,100 individuals each year, giving them the support they need to live with dignity and independence.
All funds raised support MABVI's statewide network of vision rehabilitation services, which include 14 low vision clinics, 34 low vision support groups, and 300 volunteers matched 1:1 with blind individuals.
We are honored to be a part of the 2017 Boston Athletic Association Boston Marathon Official Charity Program!