What is Project Runstoppable?

Project Runstoppable is a vision, a dream that can be made possible with your help.

At this moment, Project Runstoppable is a YouTube video in the first round of the Holman Prize for blind ambition.

My vision is to create a running program for blind/Visually impaired children.  All too often, blind children are told that they can’t do something  or shouldn’t do something because it might not be safe.    With this program, blind children will not only gain the joy and freedom from the love of running.  They will discover that with the right positive attitude, determination, and simply by removing fear and obstacles from their path, they can accomplish whatever goal they’re imagination can dream of.

Here’s how you can help.

Please watch this YouTube video.

Click like on the YouTube video. (Logging into YouTube is required to click like.  Logging in with a gmail account will work.)

Share the YouTube video with your friends and family and ask them to do the same.

So much gratitude to you, my readers, friends and family for helping me make my vision of creating Project Runstoppable possible.

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A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

Marley meeting Cinderella

A dream is a wish your heart makes.

When you’re fast asleep.

No matter how you’re heart is dreaming.

If you just keep on believing.

A dream that you wish will come true.

Marley and Cinderella

Last Easter I had a dream.  I dreamt that one day, my Marley would be able to participate like her sighted peers in the beloved childhood tradition of hunting for Easter eggs.

For years, I ran a mommy and me meet up group.  Every year we held our annual Easter egg hunt potluck.  Families brought treat filled eggs to share, the Easter Bunny hunted eggs with the kids, and of course the picnic tables were full of tasty both home made and sore bought delectable delights.

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Marley always had a great time, but her basket always contained a fraction of the other kids.

Last year, I was no longer running the mommy group.  We attended her friend Sophia’s birthday around Easter.  The kids dyed hard boiled eggs, and had their own private Easter Egg hunt in Sophia’s backyard.  Marley’s friend Olivia filled up her basket before Marley even had a single egg in hers.  Noticing this, Olivia than helped Marley find eggs for her basket.  Marley had a blast at the party!

We also spent the week of Easter in California visiting family and spent Easter afternoon at my aunt’s.  She has a large grassy backyard perfect for egg hunting.   Jackson could  care less about hunting for eggs.  All he wanted to do was play with the cool tractors, dinosaurs, and swords.  Marley put her heart and soul into feeling around for eggs.  Just as she got close to finding one, one of the big kids swooped it right up.  This happened over, and over, and over, and over.   Once again, Marley had a blast just being there and being part of the action.

That egg hunt in my aunt’s back yard broke my heart.  Here was a 4 year old girl so excited to hunt for eggs with her cool older cousins.  There they were, those older cousins running circles around her piling eggs filled with goodies into their baskets.  There Marley was delicately feeling her way through the grass searching for eggs, and swipe.  Just before her fingers touch it, it’s gone.

One of my favorite quotes come from Walt Disney.  “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

I took that dream and I declared that it will be a reality in 2015.

the Nevada Organization of Parents of Blind Children are collaborating with the Nevada Blind Childrens Foundation and will be delivering this dream on Saturday March 28th at Sunset Park in Las Vegas.  We are in the starting stages of plans.  We’ve secured a time, date, place, face painter, balloon artist, and volunteers for arts and crafts.  We just need to secure the beeping Easter eggs, and donations for food and candy.

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to we working on this event.  Stay tuned for more updates as it comes together.  Best of all, stay tuned for the blog I will pubish on Monday March 30th sharing all about Marley’s first Beeping Easter Egg Hunt.

 

Literally Plant a Seed by Joining the Puzzle Campaign

How to I even begin this blog?  I am a 31 year old mom to two beautifully healthy amazing children.  Pregnancy came easy to me.  It almost seemed like all we had to do was think baby and there I was pregnant.  Unfortunately, the road to motherhood takes a little bit longer with a few extra twists and turns for some,  some women like my dear friend Deja.

Me, Marley in my belly, and my old roomy Deja

Me, Marley in my belly, and my old roomy Deja at the 2009 National Federation of the Blind Annual Convention.

This is not the first time I’ve written about infertility.  However, this time I’m writing for a cause.  I’m writing to spread awareness, asking for help, and sharing the dream that one day Deja can too, hold her new born baby in her arms like I did with my two children.

Baby Marley

Baby Marley

Baby Jackson

Baby Jackson

Deja and her husband started out the year with a different sort of New Year’s resolution.  Their resolution was to have a baby.  Along with writing about blindness and all things stylish on her blog. she shares her stories and battles with infertility.   However, infertility is expensive.  That’s why they’ve launched the Puzzle Campaign.  Learn more about this awesome couple, and the Puzzle Campaign by checking out Deja’s blog at Slate and Stylish I’m embarrassed to say that I have not yet contributed to the Pubble Campaign. Deja, here is ourpledge.  I pledge $40., $20 for each of our two children. We are also donating a canvas print from The Seed Project to their upcoming online auction. Please consider contributing to the Puzzle Campaign or participating in next month’s auction to make this couple’s dream of becoming parents come true.