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ment on my “funny-looking eyes.”
I was ashamed of my impairment.
But being part of the Paralympic
movement has taught me to be
proud of who I am, and now I
am imparting that lesson to other
Q: How have your visual limitations
made you the athlete you are?
A: Growing up, the first adjective
assigned to me was always “the blind
kid.” Even before people knew my
name, they often knew me as “the
blind kid.” This forced me to work
harder to prove people wrong—to
show them that there was more to me
and that I could achieve great things.
Q: What are your plans after your
A: I hope to compete through the
2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
I am currently working toward a
social work degree so that I can one
day help kids who are growing up
in the same disadvantaged circumstances that I grew up in.
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Gunds Receive Prestigious Award
The Migel Medal is one of the highest honors in the blindness field.
The Foundation’s chairman, Gordon Gund, and his wife, Llura, received the American
Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
Migel Medal during the AFB’s Leadership Conference March 5, 2016, in
The Migel Medal is one of the
highest honors in the blindness
field. Given annually, it honors
those whose achievements improve
the lives of people who are blind or
visually impaired. In addition to the
Gunds, Dr. Michael Bina, president
of the Maryland School for the
Blind, received the award this year.
“We are honored to recognize
Michael, Gordon and Lulie for their
outstanding achievements in the
field of blindness and low vision,”
said Carl R. Augusto, AFB president
and CEO. “Their tireless dedication
and commitment to ensuring peo-
ple with vision loss have equal ac-
cess and opportunities truly capture
the qualities this award represents.”
“It is extremely fitting that the
AFB has chosen Gordon and Lulie
as Migel Medal recipients,” said Bill
Schmidt, CEO of the Foundation
Fighting Blindness. “It is a perfect
tribute to the Gunds, who’ve given
so much to change the future for
people with vision impairments.
Thanks in large part to their leadership, the field is moving closer and
closer to curing blindness caused by
Gordon and Lulie Gund have
“given so much to change the
future for people with vision
impairments,” says FFB’s CEO,