Greetings Businesses and Colleagues,
My name is Andrew Crane. Though I was born blind and have Cerebral Palsy, my guide dog has given the ability to enjoy an active and independent life. I am able to travel on the city bus, volunteer at various organizations and direct my own daily schedule. My guide dog and I do presentations at schools, events, and organizations to inform uneducated people about guide dogs and their importance to the blind community. Because of him, I have had more opportunities in life than I could have ever dreamed. It has all been made possible much in part to an organization which I am proud to represent as an Ambassador, Guiding Eyes for the Blind. This non-profit organization enables visually impaired individuals to enjoy freedom as I have through the assistance of personal guide dogs, raised and trained from birth to meet the specific needs of their handlers.
It is estimated that there are approximately 10,000 guide dog teams currently working in the United States. However, only about two percent of the blind population works with guide dogs. In other words many blind people are left without the help and guidance of these amazing companions. Fortunately, due to the support of private donors, Guiding Eyes is able to provide guide dogs to the blind and visually impaired individuals who greatly need them.
As local ambassador for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, I am honored to present the opportunity for individuals, businesses, and organizations to support the cause through these events. The last fundraiser raised $25,000; we would like to set a goal of $50,000.
Please consider supporting me in my efforts to raise funds through the community for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. I am dedicated to bringing awareness to people about guide dogs and the role they play in helping visually impaired individuals gain independence.