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Community Relations Spotlight: Double Up 4 Vision Bike Ride/Walk

The Double Up 4 Vision Bike Ride/Walk is an inspirational 24-hour relay ride, touching New York City five boroughs. The third annual event will be held on Friday, October 12 celebrates the fact that you are not defined by limitations, but free to ride, walk and enjoy life.

Organizing this unique fundraiser is Lighthouse International, which is New York’s leading non-profit organization, which dedicates time and money to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment.

Held at Hudson River Park, the Double Up 4 Vision Bike Ride/Walk is the only event of its kind teaming sighted riders with visually impaired ones.

Participating in the 2012 ride will be Brooklyn-natives Caitlin Sarubbi and Romeo Edmead, who are vision impaired. Sarubbi is a world-class skier who has overcome obstacles, has now gone on to compete in all five alpine events at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, BC.

Caitlin has also excelled in the classroom, winning the College Bound Award at Lighthouse International’s 2008 Scholarship and Career Awards, which has helped her attend Harvard University, where she is currently in her junior year.

“It’s important to give back for what you have received. I am blessed in so many ways and if I can help bring awareness to others about people who have suffered from vision loss, than I am more than happy to do so,” said Caitlin Sarubbi.

Edmead was born with glaucoma and lost his sight when he was two-years-old.  Romeo has been involved with Lighthouse International since its beginnings in 1983, and credits the organization for helping him develop the confidence he needed to succeed in life.

“I am participating in Double Up 4 Vision to help raise awareness of vision loss and to encourage people to be active. People with vision loss really can do anything,” said Edmead.

For those wishing to gain more information on the Double Up 4 Vision can do so by clicking on the link below:

http://www.doubleup4vision.org/site/TR/Events/DoubleUp4VisionTeamRaiser?fr_id=1060&pg=entry

To find out more information on Lighthouse International, fans are encouraged to click below:

http://www.lighthouse.org/

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