Send Don to the World Dragonboat Championships
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Ended Sep 16, 2014
This is my youngest brother Don- he is in Italy paddling for the Eye of the Dragon for the world championships. Don is legally blind and within a few more years his eyesight will be gone. It will mean the world to him.Help him please. More ...

This is my youngest brother Don- he has the chance to go to Italy, paddling a Dragonboat  for the "Eye of the Dragon" for the world championships. What is the big deal about that? Don is legally blind and within a few more years his eyesight will be gone. Don's social cirlce consisted of much older people, as that is what he grew up with, living with my Mother. He was shuttled from school to school as in his day there was no integration into "normal" classes. His social circle was very limited to about three friend's, that he had classes with over the years. Paddling with the other Visually impaired and the sighted teammates that help guide the VI paddlers has given Don a new direction and new friends to experience life with.

Don is the soul of kindness and helps everybody all the time with no expectations of reward other than a beer and pizza if he has helped you move. Now it is my turn to try and help Don with expenses for this trip of a lifetime, he has never travelled other than a trip to Nevada for a friend's wedding.He thought he could save up enough to make this life altering trip but his salary covers the basics with a little left over, as he has not travelled at all, he didn't include all the other things that go into a trip of this nature. He needs $1500 to cover the other things, like paying his rent while away, airport fees and the list goes on. If you can help in any amount it would be gratefully accepted, Don has not had much in his life and this will be something to build lasting memories that the lack of eyesight cannot take away. Thank you very much.

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