Competing in an Ironman triathlon is a challenge. But imagine doing the race without being able to see. Charlie Plaskon, 69 years old and legally blind since birth, has completed eight Ironman races. His most recent was last month's inaugural New York City Ironman, where I served as his guide.
In the early twentieth century, those without sight were marginalized members of society. A series of circumstances on two continents was to change all that, and in the process, provide dignity and independence to those with visual impairment.
The other day, I had the privilege of receiving a phone call to invite me to a "Tele-Town Hall" for the Ohio Senatorial candidate, Mr. Rob Portman. I was torn between hanging up the phone and listening.