Tandem program for the blind at Palo Alto VA Hospital

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Thursday, February 26, 2009
By Yokota Fritz

Program this Thursday afternoon in Palo Alto!

United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) partnered with the Blind Center Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto for the 2009 Tandem Program for the Blind.

The Blind Center will present this program with the USABA and Para Olympics this afternoon Thursday, February 26 from 1 PM to 3 PM at 3801 Miranda Ave, Palo Alto, Building 48 in room A208. The Palo Alto VA Hospital is a huge, sprawling complex so give yourself time to find the building if you're not familiar with the facility.

In their partnership with the USABA, the Blind Center seeks to expand their existing tandem program. They need more tandem captains, help with equipment maintenance, and tandem bicycle donations.

Every 4th Sunday and beginning on March 22 they hold a large group tandem and adaptive cycling ride. They will train new tandem captains: prerequisites are confidence and good cycling skills.

If you are in the mid-Peninsula or South Bay area and are interested in becoming a volunteer for the tandem and adaptive cycling program at the VA please contact Kathy Kelley at 650-493-5000 ext 64387 or send email to Kathy [dot] Kelley2 [at] va [dot] gov or Elizabeth dot Jessen [at] va [dot] gov. (Liz is the one who seems to respond to emails more quickly)

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May I just say that I have done something similar and if you can, please do it. A young blind girl hugged me tightly with tears in her eyes, and she told me it was like flying. I should go to my local adaptive sports center.
That's a great cause. Bringing the joy of cycling to others is a great gift, one that's hard to beat.
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