On October 13, 2012 my son Miles and I will be riding as a baby/adult team in the Double Up 4 Vision bike ride to raise money and awareness for people affected by vision loss. It is a heartwarming, overwhelming and emotional day but it brings front a world that is unseen out of the darkness and into the light. We need to make people more aware of how vision impairments affects people of all ages.
Double Up 4 Vision is more than just a tandem bike ride and walk to fight vision loss; it's a celebration of an ideal, where you are not defined and confined by limitations, but set free to ride, walk and enjoy life in a spirit of mutual respect and unity.
By riding together and walking together -- in tandem -- you and your fellow Double Up 4 Vision participants become a living, breathing beacon of hope.
Double Up 4 Vision starts with an incredible 24-hour relay ride, where sighted "Pilots" and visually impaired "Stokers" ride tandem bicycles through all five boroughs of New York. It's an exhilarating and sustained expression of the power of cooperation. Each visually impaired rider has a compelling story about facing the challenges of vision loss and overcoming them.
The last tandem team from the 24-hour relay starts the ride and walk on the following day, where people of all ages and of all backgrounds, visually impaired and sighted, join together to ride tandem bicycles and walk in a festive atmosphere unlike any other. This portion of the ride will take place in Manhattan's Chelsea Pier 63 at 9 AM, October 13 and is the portion my son and I will be riding in.
I am asking you to join us in the fight against vision loss for those 61 million Americans at high risk by supporting my Double Up 4 Vision fundraising efforts with a donation.
We are participating in the event because our cousin Lauren Calvo is amongst that statistic and the donations we recieve help provide people across the spectrum of vision impairment with the skills and strategies they need to remain safe, independent and active at every stage of life.
Lighthouse International relies on the generosity of individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations to support its programs and services.
Lauren lacks the iris part of her eyes (regulating the pupil size(very large and dark) and the amount of light getting into the eye) and has underdeveloped retina's; a trait known as, Aniridia. She secondarily also developed Congenital Glaucoma as a newborn. The Glaucoma caused her not to develop the proper meshwork in her eyes to drain the intraocular fluid that our eyes produce every day.
Lauren has had to endure 15 eye surgeries to implant/maintain a drainage system into her eyes. It is important to keep this fluid pressure down in order to preserve the vision. She has to have her to have her eye pressure checked every 6 weeks at her eye specialists.
She unfortunately was born with these two very rare eye diseases for a newborn to be diagnosed with, (1/100,000+). Due to this, her vision is significantly impaired to the point of being diagnosed as legally blind. The doctors have defined her distance to be 3-5 feet but even the detail of that sight is unknown.
Please visit our team page http://lhi.convio.net/goto/miles4vision for more info on how to donate or participate. If you would like to join our team or form your own we would love to have you.You can join as a walker, a single cyclist, a tandem cyclist (2 adults), or an adult with baby (bike and baby seat provided). The bike ride is a 10K and the walk is a 5K.
There is a hero in all of you. Thank you!
Your tax-deductible gift will make a difference in the lives of many!
Thank you for your support!
Adam & Miles