Hello friends and family, I am running the LA Marathon (my first marathon) blindfolded to raise money for Blind Start of America.
As some of you may know I also paddle for the Blindstart Dragonboat Team the last 2 years. The team consist of blind, visually impaired and sighted (blindfolded) paddlers to create awareness that you can live an active livestyle and do great things without an important sense such as sight which we take for granted. We learned to hone in our listening skills and learn to paddle insync as a team. With great coaches and practice we were able to medal in most of our races against sighted and young college teams.
I got involved with Blindstart a few years ago doing mud runs and dragonboat racing with the VIPs (Visually Impaired Paddlers) and have learned many things about myself and how to guide someone that is blind (especially my own father). Most of you may not know, my father has been blind most of his adult life. He started losing his sight in his twenties as most of these young people due to a rare eye disease. My father did not know of resourses or seek help to learn new skills to cope with losing his sight. My experience with Blindstart has helped me become closer with my dad.
"Helping the Blind Cross Finish Lines" Blind Start of America, "BLINDSTART'" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible.
"BLINDSTART's" passion is bringing together blind, sighted and visually impaired people through exciting athletic and social events like the ASICS LA Marathon, the Blind Mud Run Challenge and Blind Dragon Boat Racing, building confidence that crosses over into other parts of life.
Our mission is to fund scholarships for education, athletics, and technology/adaptive equipment so that blind and visually impaired people can eventually live lives of independence.
My personal goal is to raise $500 for this organization. Any amount you can donate to help me reach my goal will be greatly appriciated.
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