What: Something a little extra epic. Read on!
When: June 6 but join online now. Every moment will help!
Where: Future In Sight, 25 Walker Street, Concord, NH
Why: We believe in our mission and the often epic approach to getting there and we can only do it with your help!
Dream big indeed! A team of us at 2020 Vision Quest have been doing that since our inception and it has empowered some incredible achievements. Now in our signature year of 2020, we continue to dream large and this time it is with our approach to the Future in Sight Walk for Sight on June 6 in Concord, NH.
We have had a 2020 Vision Quest team in this walk since our inception. It enables us to help both charities in one big family friendly event that’s fun, enhances awareness, and raises financial support for both of our organizations. Through the years our community has provided tremendous support in team membership joining us for the walk as well as donors supporting the cause. It’s hard to top the 100 team members who joined us on a surprisingly cool and rainy morning as I finished a 100-mile walk to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Future In Sight back in 2012. But we aren’t trying to top that–we are forging a new path.
First and foremost, I hope to entice as many of you as possible to join our team and walk with us on Saturday morning, June 6 for the 3 km (1.8 mile) walk from the McGreal Sight Center through downtown Concord and back for a little lunch together. We’ll rally around our 2020 Vision Quest banner and I may need to lean on all of your support as I did back in 2012 because the days and hours leading up to this event will be an exhausting endurance experience for me and several members of my team. We are still putting together the pieces of that team and plan with announcements to come each month along the way, but just as Future In Sight serves all of NH, we intend to encompass NH with our event as well as connect with many of the signature aspects of our endurance approach to 2020 Vision Quest.
It begins on Wednesday, June 3 at the Canadian border in Pittsburgh, NH. Likely Brent Bell and I will put our feet to the pedals of a tandem bicycle and begin the trek south. After our first “century” (100 miles) we’ll pull up to Cannon Mountain and meet up with another crew for the overnight. Thursday is a recovery day in which we will hike the once-home of the Old Man of the Mountain and the peak which marked our final hike of the single season winter 48. Another overnight at Cannon Mountain will prepare us for Friday’s early morning travel south, through Concord and to my home in Nashua on the southern tip of NH.
This second century will allow me to part ways with the tandem and get a little sleep before setting out by midnight for the 54-mile run from Nashua to Concord guided by Tom Cassetty. We plan to take our time and arrive in time for a little breakfast, some stretching, and that opportunity for all of our team to help me make it through the 3 km Walk for Sight.
The staff of Future in Sight traverse our state daily to reach some of the more than 30,000 people living with severe sight loss for training or services which will allow them to live the meaningful and independent life I now celebrate. Their work is a tireless endurance experience to ensure the needed skills can be developed. But for their efforts, I might be a vastly different person today as well. So I’ll try to help raise a little awareness, dedicate a little of my own brand of commitment to the cause, and hopefully entice you to join forces with me along the way.
Please do consider joining the 2020 Vision Quest team, or if you are unable, perhaps consider making a donation to Autumn and me or anyone on our team. Every little bit matters, not just for my motivation, every pedal, hiking step, and running step, but most importantly to the lives of those helped by our efforts. Along the way our own 2020 Vision Quest mission adds a worthy bit to the effort and as we often suggest to our student audience: T.E.A.M. – Together Everyone Achieves More! Please help us achieve a rather lofty goal!