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Blind Runners to Participate in 2014 Asics L.A. Marathon

Raising Funds and Awareness for the Blind Community
    CERRITOS, CA, February 08, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Blind Start of America ("BLINDSTART") will help sponsor ten blind and blindfolded runners to run the 2014 ASICS LA Marathon, becoming the first official charity of the marathon to have an all-blind team. The runners will run the entire marathon with the help of volunteer guides that will run a long side them all the way to the finish line.

"We are taking the LA Marathon by storm," said Brian Tom, founder of Blind Start of America.

Through the L.A. marathon, the organization is aiming to raise a minimum of $5,000 that will go into scholarships for blind or visually impaired individuals. The scholarships are for higher education or retraining individuals in a new field of employment. BLINDSTART hopes to raise these funds by implementing its "20/20 vision" plan. This plan will have the participants and the volunteer guides ask twenty people to donate a minimum of twenty dollars. The organization is also encouraging everyone to donate to the runners at

For more information, please contact Mary Swetka Yu or visit our website at

About Blind Start of America

Blind Start of America is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to helping blind and visually impaired individuals to learn and develop job skills to enable them to ultimately lead lives of independence. The organization achieves this through education, training, counseling, communication, and technology. Entrepreneur and CEO Brian Tom founded Blind Start of America in 2006. Brian, who is also visually impaired, hopes to bridge the gap between the blind and the sighted by participating and creating events that push the limits of what the blind are expected to do.

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Blind Start of America

Cerritos, California
Los Angeles
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