The Sight Center hosts 6th Annual White Cane Walk/Fun Run
The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio will hold its 6th Annual White Cane Walk, presented by ProMedica- Flower Hospital, Huntington, TARTA, Mark Feldstein and Associates and Sylvania Sunrise Lions Club, Inc. on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 9am to 12pm at the Flower Hospital campus, 5200 Harroun Road, Sylvania.
This event will provide much-needed resources to help deliver services to people of all ages in our community who are blind or visually impaired, and will increase awareness of the Ohio White Cane Law.
Despite efforts to educate drivers, many do not realize that they must yield the right-of-way to blind pedestrians on any public thoroughfare. The Sight Center is hopeful that increased awareness will help to save lives.
“It is our hope that the White Cane Walk/Fun Run will raise awareness in the general public about issues facing people who are blind or visually impaired,” says Dawn Christensen, Executive Director of The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio.
Participants can learn the basics of how to use a white cane and how to serve as a sighted guide to someone who is blind or visually impaired. This year there will be a one mile fun run. This run will follow the beautiful walking path around the Flower Hospital Campus This family friendly event has additional hands-on activities, games, raffles items and demonstrations.
This year, The Sight Center is hosting the Bar 145 Celebrity Eating Challenge, which will create awareness of the challenges people who are blind and visually impaired face when enjoying even the simplest pleasures in life, such as eating a meal. Celebrity participants including: Dan Neman, The Blade Food Editor, Tony Gant, The Image Group, and Dr. Angela Jackson, local eye care physician. The celebrities will be faced with the challenge of eating a three-course meal blindfolded, using appropriate etiquette and proper eating utensils.
The competition will be judged by Amy Montgomery, Channel 13, ABC, meteorologist Chris Vickers, from WTOL, Channel 11 and Executive Director of The Sight Center, Dawn Christensen. The food challenge will begin at 11 am.
Local talent Tiona Stallworth, who is visually impaired, will be singing the national anthem to begin the event.
Registration for the walk/run begins at 9:00 am with the run beginning at 9:45 am followed immediately by the walk. Registration for the event is $15 per person or $30 for a family. Anyone participating in the walk/run will receive a visor with The Sight Center logo, courtesy of Dr. Jeff Stephens, Vision Associates.
Participants can sign up at www.sightcentertoledo.org or in person at the event. all The Sight Center with questions at 419-720-3937.
Editor’s Note: The White Cane Walk is made possible by support from other sponsors including: LaPrensa, The Andersons, Brooks Insurance, Toledo Optical, Vision Associates, Pinnacle Eye Care Group, Channel 13, ABC, The Douglas Company, Mail-It, The Toledo Lasik & Cataract Center, The Image Group, Van Optical, Oakleaf Manor, Sylvania Advantage, Toledo City Paper, and Kingston Care Center.
The Sight Center’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals with vision loss by providing personalized services. The Sight Center, a non-profit 501 (c) 3, United Way agency, offers a distinguished history of service to persons who are blind or visually impaired throughout a 16-county Northwest Ohio area. For more information visit: www.sightcentertoledo.org or call 419-720-3937.