EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014
EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014
As members of Team With A Vision, we will be racing the 2014 Boston Marathon to raise money and support for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. While many runners will be crossing the start and finishline as lone athletes, we will be racing side-by-side as one unit.
Let us tell you a bit about our connection to vision loss and why this year's race is so important!
Blinded by a condition called Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy, Keith lost his vision at age 51. Keith was never a runner, but after he heard about Amy McDonaugh, a visually impaired athlete from his area who was breaking down barriers and crushing running records he thought, "If she can do it, I can do it!" Keith has since ran three marathons and five half marathons.This April Keith will be racing alongside his sighted guides Meghan and Mark at the Boston Marathon, and will be proudly wearing the same team jersey as Amy, the woman who inspired him to lace up his running shoes!
As sighted guides it will be Meghan and Marks job to guide Keith the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boylston Street safely. With a father and father-in-law with Retinitis Pigmentosa, this brother and sister-in-law knows firsthand how the services of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired can improve the quality of life for those experiencing vision loss.
This will be the 21st year that Team With A Vision has joined blind, visually impaired, and sighted runners at the Boston Marathon to help individuals with visual impairments receive the professional, peer and volunteer support they need to live with dignity and independence. Funds raised support the Masachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Imaired's statewide network of vision rehabilitation services, which include 3 low vision clinics, 33 low vision support groups, and 300 volunteers matched 1:1 with blind individuals.