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BEYOND BLIND INSTITUTE INC
April 9, 2013

As an ophthalmologist, my life and career have been dedicated to the preservation of sight. I care for patients and their families in good times and also during times of tragedy. I have witnessed first-hand the devastation caused by the loss of vision. In the past, when patients left my office I found myself wondering, “What now? What else is there to offer?” Today, I have the answer – The Beyond Blind Institute. BBI is an innovative organization dedicated to the health, wellness and education of visually impaired and blind adults.

My first interaction with BBI was as a volunteer at their 5K run in Abacoa - “Blindfest 2012.” It was an experience that changed my life. There was such a positive energy and a passion among the members, volunteers, the BBI staff, and the community. I witnessed Scott Greenblatt, a totally blind lawyer, finishing the race in 34 minutes 5 seconds!! I saw blind men and women chopping, dicing, cooking and serving food. Beautiful, creative artwork made by BBI members was on display. There was laughter, friendship, a family. These were not depressed, withdrawn people suffering from visual impairment. These were enthusiastic, talented individuals taking charge and living life. What an inspiration!

I have since become a Board Member for BBI. I believe in this organization and I believe in our mission. We currently offer our fitness, culinary and art programs at various sites within Palm Beach County. BBI needs your financial support to allow us to secure one location to house all of our programs independently, increase our membership, and expand our programs. Please visit our website, become a Buddy for the Blind, and help support this wonderful organization.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Board Member

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