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Causes: Philanthropy, Private Grantmaking Foundations, Public Foundations

Mission: To increase AWARENESS about optic nerve disorders and other causes of blindness to the general public; to fund RESEARCH into causes, treatments and cures; and to build PROGRAMS to assist individuals who suffer from vision loss.

Results: This year we were able to donate to research at the Doheny Eye Institute in Los Angeles, the Bascom Palmer Institute in Miami, the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and the International Foundation for Optic Nerve Disorders. We also helped fund VI runners at the Cherry Creek Sneak in Denver, and guided runners at the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon and California International Marathon.

Target demographics: Everyone

Direct beneficiaries per year: Unknown

Geographic areas served: National

Programs: FiftyTwo4Mom is a nonprofit organization that helps to raise AWARENESS and money for RESEARCH into optic nerve disorders and other causes of blindness. Our organization participates in races across the country, including guiding blind athletes. We are also working with many organizations to help support and develop programs to help people with vision loss.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for FiftyTwo4Mom has been a privilege and honor. This organization has done many great things for deserving individuals that in some form been affected by vision loss. Brian has inspired me with his dedication and unconditional love towards his mother, the reason he founded FiftyTwo4Mom. I'm looking forward to see what other mountains we will climb with this outstanding organization.

Pamela69

Client Served

Rating: 4

FiftyTwo4Mom recently helped us out by paying for my son's entry fee to the Cherry Creek Sneak. This kind of support is very important to us. Being able to participate in races is a great motivator for my son, who has a cognitive disability.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Recently volunteered with FiftyTwo4Mom charity fundraising and let me tell you- surrounding yourself with good people and positive energy has never been easier! Brian, the leader of the organization is a total champion for this very worthy cause, and is naturally exquisite at his work. While the funds raised by FiftyTwo4Mom are extremely helpful to the cause, the message, the positive spirit, and the compassion of the entire team truly make for an unforgettable experience.

I'll definitely return to volunteer again, and can't express enough how amazing and well-run the organization makes not only it's benefactors feel, but everyone who comes in contact!

Diane74

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a visually impaired triathlete who is representing the US in London. As soon as I said that I was in need of some financial assistance to get to London, there was IMMEDIATE response. And, then with their leadership, others followed to help me! They are a HUGE part of my journey both financially and emotionally with their support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

FiftyTwo4Mom is exceptional! I have had the privilege of volunteering for this charity and it was such a great experience and to be a part of such a wonderful cause is so rewarding. Brian is not only a great leader but an excellent roll model for any age. He works so hard to do the most he can for FiftyTwo4Mom and works tirelessly everyday to raise as much money possible so they can further research, etc. I hope I can be a part of this for years to come and I hope more volunteers will join the fight as well!!

Deb C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fiftytwo4Mom has made it possible for 2 years in a row for a total of 36 visually impaired individuals to participate in the Cherry Creek Sneak 5K (Denver, Colorado) by funding registration fees with Lending SIght. This event has 10,000 participants each year. This year we had 32 pairs of visually impaired athletes and guides taking part in the event. Brian is wonderful to work with and I am so grateful to his organization for it's contribution to the visually impaired.

Lending Sight is a USABA sport club that links sighted runners with visually impaired runners in Colorado to train and participate in running races. Lending Sight began providing services in the Cherry Creek Sneak 2010. Lending Sight services is 100% volunteer and entirely free.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fiftytwo4mom have demonstrated their support for me and others with vision impairments and I highly recommend their work.

1 Celeste4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Brian is great at inspiring people and leading this wonderful organization. I had the pleasure of being Brian's guide runner while he wore a mask to simulate the level of blindness with which his mom sees every day. He has done a wonderful job in raising money for the organization and participating in runs all over the US to promote his amazing non-profit.

1 Jaime W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Brian for just under a year in a professional capacity, both running Non-Profits in the metro Detroit area. I continue to be amazed at how much Brian does for my group and how much he does for his cause as well. I am truly inspired by the gift of sight that he provides to people who love to run. I am in awe of the stories that he shares of runs that he guides across the country. It takes a special person to do what he does and I feel lucky to have met him and to call him my friend.

1 Lissa P.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My family carries a genetic disorder called LHON that causes sudden loss of central vision and legal blindness. There are very few people and organizations working to support people whose lives are affected by optic nerve disease such as LHON, and Fiftytwo4mom is one of those organizations. The cause is worthy and the efforts are sincere and greatly-needed.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My name is Terry and I am one of the co-founders of FiftyTwo4Mom, along with my son Brian. FiftyTwo4Mom has helped me to come out of the darkness that I was in when I first started losing my sight. Because of my son, we have been able to do 5k's together, I am a human book for the local community college, and I get to meet lots of new people and let them know that there is still so much to life, it just takes knowing the right people. I'm proud that I can take a tragic event and turn it into something positive for others and look forward to doing so much more.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have followed Brian's journeys for a few years now. What he does is amazing and a gift that not many can provide. He has literally travelled the country to act as a running guide for blind runners, giving them the opportunity to keep running, and to run competetively, even after losing their sight. Running is a passion for some people, and Brian's dedication helps keep the blind from losing something they could no longer do on their own.

Brian43

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started this organization in 2009 in honor of my mom who lost her sight when I was a senior in high school. The people that I have met over the past 3 years, both visually impaired and those who support the VI community, have amazed me and changed my life. It has been an honor to be a part of this community. The 2 things that have been the most amazing were seeing my mom complete her first 5k (she has now done 5) and my first experience as a running guide. I plan to continue this for many years and look forward to building up these relationships and making new ones.