What is 2020 Vision Quest?

We lead and inspire students and professionals to reach their peak potential while providing financial support for crucial vision services.

2020 Vision Quest supports two organizations—NH Association for the Blind, and the internationally renowned Guiding Eyes for the Blind—to help ensure that life-changing services for the blind may always continue.

Learn more about 2020 Vision Quest

Book a presentation

Invite Randy to speak at your school or organization!

" ...it rocked the entire audience of 130 people. There were farmers, lawyers, doctors, teachers, artists from young to old... Everyone felt that Randy was talking to them. It was a profound experience."
– Celeste Barr, Beaver Brook Association

Support our mission

Your tax-deductible donation helps to raise and train dog guides, reach out to young people, and maintain services for blind people in New Hampshire. Any amount is welcome.

Scene near the podium from the 2013 Peak Potential dinner.  Randy (kneeling and beaming), with Quinn in front, pose with several proud winners of framed prints of the treasured photograph of Quinn on the summit of Mt. Flume, August 2013, with Gandhi quote in script to left.

#miles4quinn

Our community has logged
12,096
miles
as of Thurs. Oct. 30th!

Log my miles

Did you walk, run, bike, or otherwise undertake healthy miles today? Dedicate them to the Mighty Quinn!

Learn more about #miles4quinn

Striding Toward our Peak Potential...

The Fifth Annual Peak Potential Dinner and Charity Auction – Saturday, November 22nd

Just over three weeks remain until 2020 Vision Quest’s annual signature event--the big Peak Potential Dinner and Auction. Do you have your tickets? A very limited number of tickets is still available; order right away as we’d love to have you join us! If this will be your first time at the event, it’s a fun, memorable evening of socializing, a delicious dinner, auctions and raffles, a brief presentation from Randy and the chance to meet Autumn—his newest companion and guide from Guiding Eyes for the Blind. (Pictured, above, from the 2013 Peak Potential event, are proud auction winners of the treasured photographic print of Quinn on the Flume summit from August, 2013...with Randy and Quinn in front.)

As usual, all Peak Potential funds raised will support 2020 Vision Quest’s own mission of helping students realize and achieve their own unique potentials; and will support our two sponsors the New Hampshire Association for the Blind (NHAB) in Concord, NH and Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown Heights, NY.

For everything you need to know about Peak Potential including how to order tickets, how the auctions will work, and how to become a sponsor—go to the Peak Potential official event website. Can’t attend, but interested in helping 2020 Vision Quest? Auction item donations and event sponsorships are two other great ways to contribute to this important annual event and to support its causes.

Randy’s TedX Talk in Manchester – November 15th

As you’re probably already aware, Randy was selected for the honor of developing and delivering a “TedX Talk” on November 15th in Manchester, NH. Ted Talks are “thought-leader” presentations by public figures on a wide variety of topics, delivered to a live audience, which are recorded and then YouTube-posted for availability to a global audience.

Several forms of the TED talk have evolved since 1984, and TedX was created in the spirit of TED’s mission--“ideas worth spreading.” TedX supports independent organizers who want to create a TED-like event in their own community—subject to stringent standards and quality control. Randy reflects on this major upcoming event: “Being nominated is a tremendous honor and being selected is both an opportunity and a responsibility. The theme of this TedX event is “Connection,” which I believe aligns very well with our typical presentation theme: ‘Reaching Our Peak Potential.’ I’m hard at work honing the connections to our theme and building the roughly 12-minute journey for the audience. As part of my preparation, I’m listening to many other presenters to get a feel their style and delivery, as well as gaining the benefits their content delivers.”

The Bay State Marathon

Randy ran in this Lowell, MA event on October 19th after diligent training with the generous help of many willing human guides. On race day, with guides Ron and Meredith, Randy experienced 23.5 miles of great success before collapsing and having to drop out, due to his nutrition packs having dropped off his belt very early in the race.

Randy remarked afterward, “I’m disappointed, but undertaking any hard task such as this is likely to result in some setbacks. My guides and I are still really proud of the progress and experience thus far, with determination to make amends at the California International Marathon in Sacramento on December 7th. Then, on to Boston in April!”

From the Blog

Randy to speak at TEDx--Are you on board?

- Randy will give a TEDx talk in Manchester, NH on November 15! Learn more in this week's blog. Read more

Bay State and Beyond - My Blind Marathon Journey

- Randy is training for the 2015 Boston Marathon. This week, he shares some of the details of that long journey. Read more

Seeing the hardest part of going blind

- Randy discusses some of the challenges he experienced while going blind, and how you can help others struggling with vision loss. Read more

All our dogs are heroes

- Quinn may not have won the AKC Award for Canine Excellence, but he's a winner in all our hearts. What story would you like to share of your beloved furry friend? Read more

Chocorua: An Autumn Hike with Friends!

- Randy wrangles an eager Autumn on her fourth hike, building a stronger relationship as they summit Mt. Chocorua with a small crew of close friends. Read more

Just an Autumn Day in the Life

- Ever wondered what Randy does in a typical day? Randy opens a little window for us on his daily life with Autumn. Read more
Picture showing Randy and Quinn climbing Mt. Monroe in the winter, Quinn holding his head majestically up in the air.

We Salute and Honor the Marvelous Mighty Quinn
12/11/04 — 1/20/14

Farewell Quinn – We are all so fortunate to have had you touch our lives. Your love, devotion, perseverance and playfulness are held ever so warmly in our hearts. You enriched my life in so many wonderful ways well beyond the incredible Guide work for which you were trained. The heights we climbed, the lives you changed and the vacancy you leave are unimaginably immense. I hurt and grieve your loss intensely. I promise to honor you and the gifts you gave to me, Tracy and our world. I love you my beloved boy and I am in the company of so many who will feel similarly.

Read our Blog entry for more information about Quinn and some great stories about his amazing life.

Welcome, Autumn!

Autumn in harness smiles up at the camera.

Randy's new guide dog has entered our lives and charmed our hearts. Learn more about Autumn here.

How does a sightless man climb a mountain?

See a 15-minute documentary film about Randy and 2020 Vision Quest's July 4th climb of Mount Washington. Teaser video of Blind Ambition
Watch the "Blind Ambition" trailer

2020 DVDs still available!

We are proud to announce Extended Availability of the 2020 VisionQuest DVD "Four More Feet" documenting Randy and Quinn's Historic Winter 48 Hikes! DVD ordering instructions, along with the download for the Descriptive Video Service, can be found at the following link.

Get a copy of "Four More Feet"
Support the Vision! Visit our online gift shop. All profits support our charitable mission.