In my earlier years I graduated from Mesa College certified in Child Development and went on to teach pre-school while raising a family. When I learned about my vision loss, I left teaching and became a lead receptionist and administrative assistant working for a few really great software and manufacture companies.
In 1996 I was diagnosed with a rear eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa, a group of hereditary diseases causing retinal degeneration. In 2005, shortly after becoming legally blind, and giving up my driver’s license, I became a student at the San Diego Center for the blind. It was there where I first learn to read Braille, I learned mobility while utilizing a cane, and learned the fundamentals of living with vision loss. I continued my rehabilitation at the Braille Institute and eventually went back to school and graduated with my AA Degree. While discovering a new way of living with vision loss, I was diagnosed with impending hearing loss as well.
I went on to train for my very first guide dog in 2007 with Guide Dogs for the Blind. I soon became involved with the guide dog community. In my journey of building some great friendships, I became a member and eventually the president for the San Diego Alumni of Guide Dog Handlers. I am also the secretary for our GDBCreativeTails@groups.io
When I began to volunteer at the Braille Institute back in 2013, A dear friend introduced me to an amazing organization; The Blind Stokers Club. I began riding with the Blind Stokers in the fall of 2014 and enjoyed many fun rides. It felt good to be part of a team and belong to a club where friendship and support came from the heart. I took a little time off after suffering from a severe asthma attack and going through a divorce. I rejoined the club in January of 2019 and was paired with an amazing captain, Ashley Gaze. The two of us have been on many rides and explored some fun adventures. During the pandemic in 2020, we both participated in our re- imagine virtual CFS and was reunited with our club for our first team ride in July 2021. I am happy to support my team in this year, in our 2017 CFS fundraiser. Our team will be cycling for sight on the weekend of October 2nd and 3rd 2021. I have strong passion to give back, and am happy to be raising funds for a great organization where the proceeds will go to the San Diego Center for the Blind. The school that helped me when I first learned of my vision loss and had to step in to a world of the unknown. Any amount you can give is greatly appreciated.
Thank you and God Bless,
Keep on Peddling!
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Great job, Launa!