Helen Keller Run-Walk

Ana Espinoza, News Editor

This month, hundreds of Long Island residents of all ages stretched their legs to raise funds for the Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) and raise awareness about deaf-blindness.

The 17th Annual Helen’s Run-Walk took place on Sept. 22 in Sands Point, with the addition of a new run component.

“This event brings people from all over Long Island to enjoy a nice event while raising programs for our funds and services, as well as raise awareness about deaf-blindness, a dual sensory loss in vision and hearing,” said HKNC Development Associate Ms. Marina Carroll.

The 5K event’s course was measured by Finish Line Road Race Technicians this year, owned and operated by former Weber science teacher Mr. David Katz, who acted as a surveyor for the 2012 London Olympics.

The race also operated using the same timing technology used at New York City marathons.

Local vendors, including Let There Be Bagels, Starbucks of Port Washington, Bagel Boss, and Moolala Frozen Yogurt, donated their goods and services to the event.

The nonprofit HKNC is the only agency in the country that provides information, referral, support, and training targeted toward deaf-blind adults, their families, and the professionals who work with them.  The center offers training and residence programs at its Sands Point headquarters.

“I feel that the walk is important to inform others about this organization and the good cause it backs,” said junior Ilana Zweig.