Post Marathon Update
April 27, 2017
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
I first heard about sighted guiding when my friend Nicholas Abramczyk guided Thomas Panek of Guiding Eyes for the Boston Marathon. He knew that I had started running and reccomended I call Team With A Vision to start volunteering my time as a sighted guide. So after the BAA Half Marathon last year, I reached out and was contacted by Kyle Robidoux Director of Volunteer & Support Group Services at MAB Community Services. We set up a time to meet and we started one of our many training runs together.
I've never run farther than 13-14 miles before so Kyle used me for his shorter (for him) runs in his training program all through the winter. Over time guiding became more natural and I felt like I was out for a run with a friend rather than volunteering my time. He knew I was signed up for the BAA distance medley so on one run he asked me if I would take part in a MABVI fundraiser. So 2 days before the marathon, I ran the BAA 5k as part of the Blindfold Challenge and got to experience being guided (which I highly reccomended!).
Two days later I saw Kyle and the other Team With A Vision members run the 2016 Boston Marathon and left feeling incredibly moved. Therefore, when David Brown asked me to run in one of the charity bibs in 2017 I knew I had to do it. All I need is your help (and to train to run 26 miles...details).
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.
Their 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.
This year MABVI is honored to be a part of the 2017 Boston Athletic Association Boston Marathon Official Charity Program!
Every dollar helps so please donate whatever you can. Thanks so much in advance!