The Vision of Children Foundation (VOC) hosted a special event March 24 at The Grand Del Mar to thank its long-time donors. VOC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization based in San Diego that has been a driving force in the quest to find a cure for genetically-caused eye disorders for nearly 25 years. The Foundation also aims to improve the lives of visually-impaired children and their families. By featuring young people who have overcome their vision challenges through its recently launched Vision Hero Series, the foundation hopes to inspire children to dream big and never give up.
The keynote speaker at the March 24 event was VOC’s Vision Hero Ambassador — San Diego native Jeremy Poincenot. In 2008, when he was a 19-year-old sophomore at San Diego State University, Jeremy suddenly became legally blind due to a rare genetic disease for which there is no treatment and no cure. By learning to use attitude to turn this challenge into an opportunity, Jeremy won the World Blind Golf Championship in 2010. He continues to play golf competitively and is a sought-after inspirational speaker. His honest and moving account of perseverance in overcoming his vision limitations inspires people to be more resilient when faced with adversity. Jeremy has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, NBC’s The Today Show, and CNN. For more on Jeremy and this event, see the story inside this issue,
Photos by Jon Clark.