It’s been my dream to do the Edge Walk
at the CN Tower, and with the support from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) and the CN Tower, on September 2, 2019
I will be the first
visually impaired person to do this. I have many personal reasons why the EdgeWalk is important to me. I struggle with diabetes and mental health. It feels like I’m always battling, not just myself (my thoughts), but what people think I can’t do. Sometimes people want to help, they want to protect and shield you, because they think I have something wrong, but that doesn’t mean I can’t do something, I might just do it differently.
I face these three health issues everyday; they can be my greatest weakness, but they can also be my greatest strength because they have taught me what is important in life. Going through difficult obstacles everyday teaches me how to handle tough situations a bit better. I also appreciate the people in my life more now. I want to let people know that even if you have something in your life that affects you, you can conquer yourself and what life throws at you. I figure if I can conquer the CN Tower, I can face whatever the next day brings! Just because you have a disability, doesn’t mean you are limited.
I want to do the Edge Walk for personal reasons and I also want to support The Lighthouse Centre
, an organization dear to me. I was introduced to this organization by a friend and this friend encouraged me to get involved. The Lighthouse is a wonderful non-profit agency that helps low-income families, refugees, immigrants, newcomers, and seniors. The Lighthouse also has a food bank for the community. The Lighthouse helped me by welcoming me and allowing me to be a volunteer. Everyone I met at The Lighthouse was very kind, encouraging, and sweet.
Maybe you know someone who has used a food bank or who is new to Canada. It would mean a lot if you can help make a difference by supporting my campaign. Thank you for taking the time to read my story. Regardless of who you are, where you come from, or how low you are, you can still reach for the sky.