A Smashing Success!

On Sunday, May 18th, Visually Impaired Preschool Services of Indiana (VIPS) joined 20 other area nonprofits at the Walking for Dreams 5K in downtown Indianapolis. The underlying theme of the event is “to help others help themselves” and that’s exactly what VIPS did on Sunday. With 98 walkers from Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan, VIPS raised over $8800! These are staggering numbers given it was VIPS’ first year at the event. I am pleased to share that Team Lola raised over $2000 for VIPS on Sunday! We received countless donations from family members, friends and people who heard about Lola’s story and wanted to help. I probably annoyed most everyone on Facebook as social media is the easiest way to get the message out, but I kept reiterating how...
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Walking for Dreams – 2014

On Sunday, May 18th, Visually Impaired Preschool Services of Indiana will join 21 other Indiana non-profit organizations in the Walking for Dreams 5K Family & Pet Walk. Walking for Dreams started in 2004 to help local non-profit agencies that benefit children and families. The event is sponsored by the Sycamore Foundation whose mission is to help enhance area non-profits effectiveness throughout their communities. If you remember, we walked a couple of years ago for the Indiana Blind Children’s Foundation. I was impressed with the event and I loved the concept which is why I thought VIPS would be a perfect fit. It would help raise awareness that VIPS is here in Indiana which could mean more blind and visually impaired children would get the early intervention services they...
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She’s a Stair Walking, Bird Wearing, Awe Inspiring Little Lady

Last week, Rob called me at work to share exciting news regarding Lola…she had walked down the stairs while holding the handrail in her preschool classroom. I could hardly believe what I was hearing. Not because I didn’t think Lola would eventually do it, but simply because Lola isn’t able to walk on her own yet. She needs full hand assistance when walking, so for her to master the stair walking alone was quite a remarkable accomplishment. In fact, many children that are able to walk unassisted continue to receive early intervention therapy simply to master this difficult task. I was elated with happiness, but I sort of wanted to see for myself because I couldn’t really picture in my head my tiny daughter walking down stairs. And...
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2013 VIPS Retreat – A Reunion

Last weekend Rob, Lola and I drove down to Louisville, Kentucky for the annual VIPS Retreat. Last year we were quite impressed with the overall logistics of the event which meant there was no hesitation in saying yes when asked if we’d be going back this year. We arrived early Saturday morning and first to do on our list was check Lola into the VIPS preschool. The VIPS Preschool is specifically designed for children who are blind or visually impaired. Not only is the infastructure designed for kids like Lola, but the toys serve specific vision loss components and most of the personnel are trained teachers of the visually impaired. There is a nurse on duty for those children who are medically fragile which helps ease the mind...
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VIPS-Bloomington Play and Learn

We recently packed up the car and headed down to Bloomington, Indiana for another VIPS-Bloomington Play and Learn (PAL) get together. Originally, I was supposed to tap into my inner domestic goddess self and take a sewing class with a girlfriend, but I was feeling the need to be around my people. We hadn’t seen Ann Hughes in months as Lola’s vision continuously improves and what better way for Lola to spend an afternoon then listening to songs, seeing her little friends, enjoying the crisp outdoor air and of course…playing in the ball pit. The wonderful thing about these PAL events is that you walk into a room full of people that get it. This is our time to take down the protective barrier and simply be. We...
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