14th Cycling for Sight 2018

Please help me support the San Diego Center for the Blind (SDCB) and the Blind Stokers Club (BSC)

This page was created in support of 14th Cycling for Sight 2018 - Click here to join this cause


Before I went blind about 15 years ago, one of my favorite activities was riding my bike; however, due to the many, many eye surgeries, and the tenuous stability of my eye sight, I was not permitted to ride my bike very often. While this was difficult, I lived for the moments my doctors allowed me to ride my bike. On those days, if I was not in school, I would head out on my bike the minute I finished my morning chores, and I rode that little green bike with the white basket all over the neighborhood. I would usually meet up with my older brother, and we would play CHiPS or Miami Vice (I was usually Tubbs), or sometimes we would just race. I would normally lose, but I didn’t care. I enjoyed the time I got to spend with my older brother. I loved the feel of the wind in my hair, the burn in my legs when I pushed myself to peddle more when I didn’t think I could peddle one more second, but mostly, I loved the freedom I felt with the memory of my last surgery nearly forgotten, and the thought of my next surgery beyond the horizon in front of me.

After I went blind, I never really thought it would be possible to ride a bike again. Life goes on, the green bike with the white basket long since donated to ride on with another little girl, and riding a bike became a distant memory. I found a similar sense of freedom through other activities like walking with my guide dog, Howie, or running on the elliptical, but I never really thought I would ride a bike again. Then, I randomly met a BSC member who would later become my captain. He told me all about the BSC and even took me on my “test” ride. It was a little scary, but completely thrilling.I once again felt the wind in my hair, and that familiar burn in my legs that I had forgotten I missed. I joined the BSC immediately.

Then, I discovered all the wonderful things the BSC does. The BSC does not charge membership fees; they provide free tandem bikes to their captains; they outfit the stokers with whatever gear the stokers need; they strive to partner every stoker with a captain, and so much more. They do all of this without making the stokers (the members with visual impairments), feel like charity cases. We are friends and partners, and we all support one another. On top of this, the BSC raises money for the Cycle For Sight event where proceeds go to programs to help adults who are blind and visually-impaired in San Diego.

Please donate what you can. If just 50 people donate $10, I will be able to reach my goal. Plus you will have the peace of mind to know that your tax deductible donation will stay in San Diego, to provide training and counseling to adults who are blind and visually impaired (BVI) adults in the region. A portion of each dollar will enable more BVI people to enjoy the simple pleasures of riding a bike. You can help build independence in living, and also foster team relationships in sport. Feel free to spread my message by sharing this page.Thank you so much!

Click here, to learn how your Cycling for Sight donations help power the Blind Stokers Club.

Anonymous $875.00
Rebecca Harris
Have a wonderful ride, Patty!
Anders Strothman
Awesome Patty! It was great to read your story and I am so happy to support you, your club and the San Diego Center for the Blind.
I will be spurring you on!! What a great initiative. Katherine
Andrea $15.00
Laurel Roberts
Yay Patty! You got this girl!
Lisa Cramoline
You go girl! You're a rock star Patty!
Laurie L
You are awesome and you inspire me daily!
Nancy Kleefisch
You inspire me to be better!
You are such an inspiration Patty. I am blessed to work with you and call you a team member. :)
Tanya Upton
What a great event! Have a blast and good luck! Tanya
Julie Stewart $10.00
Jennifer Sharpe
Awesome Job Patty!
Kari Otto $50.00
Sarah Wilson
Hi Patty, You are awesome! So happy to support you in this effort!
Rebecca A.
You make a difference!
Shauna Ketcher
You're so amazing Patty! Have fun and kill it girl!
Daniel Emoto
Good luck Patty! You're gonna kill it!
Tina Fehrenbach
Hi Patty, I'm happy to help. I hope you exceed your goal!
Heather Boles
You go girl! Love, Heather
Paul Lovallo
Best wishes for meeting your goal! Paul Lovallo
Amy Kohl $15.00
Danni Emoto
Patty - You are such an inspiration! I hope you have a lot of fun!!
Christina Hepburn
Patty, you are an inspiration to me and others here at Viasat. Thank you for bring such an incredible person and a bad ass recruiter!

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