The Sight Center hosts 6th
Annual White Cane Walk/Fun Run
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,
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
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.
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.
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.
Tiona Stallworth, who is visually impaired, will be singing
the national anthem to begin the event.
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.
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
www.sightcentertoledo.org or call 419-720-3937.