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Taylor to serve as Honorary Chair for annual Walk for Vision

Gene Taylor, the NDSU Athletic Director for the past 10 years, will serve as the honorary chair for the 2011 North Dakota Association of the Blind's Walk for Vision.

During his tenure as athletic director, Taylor played a pivotal role in leading the athletic program at NDSU as it successfully transitioned to become a Division I NCAA sports institution.

The walk is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 30, with registration beginning on site at 9 a.m. The walk will be held at the Bison Sports Arena on the NDSU Campus, located off of University Drive between 16th Ave. North and 17th Ave. North.

Today, there are approximately 3,700 North Dakotans who are legally blind and an additional 9,300 that are visually impaired. Even though people may be affected by diminished or no eyesight, the Association of the Blind proclaims "life will go on after the Big E." What this statement implies is that even though one's eyesight has deteriorated to the point that they are unable to see the big E on the eye chart, there is much that can be accomplished if there is motivation to take on the challenges that blindness has imposed on a person's life.

To help people and families affected by blindness, North Dakota Association of the Blind offers service programs and people who have experienced this transition who are willing to serve others as mentors. Proceeds from the Walk are used to support the costs of these service programs.

Area Lions clubs, service clubs, eye care providers, business & corporate entities help to sponsor the Vision Walk. The East Cass Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has committed supplemental funds and is once again sponsoring this year's walk!

For further details or to participate, call Allan Peterson at 231-6040 or 282-4644 or call Missy Miller at 298-8091.