Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
April 2012
In This Issue
Volunteer Appreciation
Blindfold Challenge
Profile: Jennifer Herring
Earn MABVI $10,000!
Save the Date: Volunteer Appreciation Brunch


The annual Volunteer Appreciation and Marathon Brunch will be held Sunday, April 15 at the Westin Copley Place hotel at 12 pm.


The brunch honors and celebrates MABVI volunteers for their service to blind and visually impaired individuals. Volunteers help with everyday tasks such as grocery shopping and reading the mail, and many form lifelong friendships. The brunch also recognizes MABVI's Team With A Vision for their Marathon running and fundraising in support of MABVI.

Register for the brunch 

Team With A Vision
Team members Tina and Mick running the Marathon
Help support MABVI's Marathon Team With A Vision, a team of blind and sighted runners competing together to conquer Boston and raise money for vision rehab services.
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Your Legacy
We've been creating opportunities for blind individuals for more than a century because a long list of benefactors has included us in their estate plans. Please consider a bequest or income trust to benefit the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. For more information call 617-732-0245.

A Blindfold Challenge pair running


Only a Few Spaces Left for the 
New Blindfold Challenge


On Sunday, April 15, 2012, the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired will partner with other local blindness organizations and the Boston Athletic Association to debut the Blindfold Challenge at the B.A.A. 5K. On that day, 25 teams, comprised of a blindfolded runner and a sighted guide, will participate in the 5K to raise money for MABVI's programs. 


The Blindfold Challenge will bring awareness and resources to essential efforts to give blind or visually impaired children and adults the power to live more independently. In the Blindfold Challenge, runners are connected by a two-foot tether and will run the same course, at the same time, and under the same circumstances as the other runners in the 5K race. Running in solidarity with the blind athletes who are running in the 5K and marathon that weekend, the blindfold challenge demonstrates the capabilities of all people when given the proper tools.


"We are pleased to collaborate with these splendid organizations during the B.A.A. 5K on Boston Marathon weekend, when many are inspired by the spirit of the marathon and the stories of people overcoming obstacles and embracing possibilities," said Boston Athletic Association executive director Tom Grilk. "Running blindfolded symbolizes the forceful approach to challenge embraced by these institutions and the people with whom they work."


Registration for the Blindfold Challenge closes Tuesday April 10. There are a few more slots available. If you would like to learn more about participating in the Blindfold Challenge at the B.A.A. 5K please contact Cynthia Canham at (617) 732-0245 or

"Only We Know Our Limits": Meet TWAV Athlete Jennifer Herring

 Blind athlete Jennifer Herring

Legally blind since birth, Jennifer has tried to make sure that it hasn't affected any of her goals in life. For as long as she can remember she has loved running. "I started telling people in elementary school that I would be in the Olympics. I call the Boston Marathon my Olympics," she says. Jennifer has participated in 17 marathons, 9 NYC marathons and 8 Boston marathons. Her goal is to run 50 marathons. "I enjoy races from the mile up to the marathon. I also enjoy inspiring others to start running."


When she isn't out running, Jennifer works as a Senior Software Engineer for Abbott Laboratories in Plainsboro, NJ. "I feel that it's important to make sure people with disabilities are aware that only they know their limits and no one should tell them what they can and can't accomplish. I am very happy to join Team With A Vision and help support others who share a special bond."

Your Gift Can Earn MABVI $10,000!

Our Team members have raised more than $18,000 through their fundraising pages and thanks to generous sponsors and donors like you we've raised an additional $10,000. Now Public Consulting Group will match the next $10,000 raised! Please donate using our secure website today. 


Thanks so much to our sponsors:



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Hopkinton Vision Center

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The number of visually impaired people is expected to double by 2030 as more elders experience sight loss. Last year we helped more than 1,300 Massachusetts residents gain the skills and confidence they need to live safely in their homes and keep doing the things they love to do. Thank you for your support.

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