A few years ago the guidance department at work invited a guest speaker to come and talk to the freshmen class about overcoming obstacles and being resilient. In walked Randy Pierce and his companion the Mighty Quinn! His inspirational story has never left….
Randy went blind as an adult and would soon be wheelchair bound. With Mighty Quinn by his side and two years of persistent determination Randy would not only walk again, he would run, and hike all the 48 highest peaks in New Hampshire in doing so setting up his very own non profit 2020 Vision Quest.
The mission of the organization is to inspire people to reach beyond adversity and achieve their highest goals — personal, professional, and philanthropic. They believe in leading by example, in climbing the highest peaks, and in sharing their successes and challenges with each other. Funds raised through these endeavors will be given to two remarkable organizations which benefit the visually impaired community: Guiding Eyes for the Blind and the New Hampshire Association for the Blind. Randy says that “ A big focus of 2020 Vision Quest is to raise Ability Awareness and what we cannot do is an opportunity to problem solve by perseverance to transform into something that we can do.”
Here are five things that you should know!
- 2020 Vision Quest is a non profit with an all volunteer staff
- They speak to schools and non profit groups to inspire and empower others to believe and achieve their own peak potential! In the past four years they have spoken to over 30,000 students. Teachers and Youth Leaders check out more here.
- They have donated well over $30,000 to support the NH Association for the Blind.
- With Randy’s first companion Ostend, his lifelong passion for New England Patriots football came full circle when he was named 2001 Fan of the Year. Randy quickly found himself caught up in a whirlwind media tour that involved multiple National TV appearances, local news reports, special features on TV and Radio, and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. The NFL placed him in their Pro-Football Hall of Fame, and he was invited to meet with the President George W. Bush along with the entire Super Bowl Champion Patriot team. His Patriotic celebrity led to an HBO feature on his life and fandom which was nominated for a Sports Emmy Award in 2008. His companion and Guide was with him every step of the way, often stealing the spotlight . Check out this must see HBO Clip.
- In January the beloved Mighty Quinn passed after a battle with cancer. Be sure to check out this great tribute to Quinn. Randy is now starting a new journey with Autumn – I think this video captures how excited she is to have Randy!
Want to make a difference and just don’t know how? Well here is your chance!!!
- To Volunteer: 2020 Vision Quest is always looking for Board of Directors or Volunteer Staff. One way to become involved is to join their online community and help share their message. Another way to help is to have 2020 Vision Quest come to your school, or work place to hear the message of overcoming adversity.
- To Donate: All donations are tax deductible and you can donate on their website or mail checks to: 2020 Vision Quest, 109 E. Glenwood Street, Nashua, NH 03060
- Save the Date: For June 7th! 2020 Vision Quest in partnership with NHAB and Walk for Site will be hosting a 3K walk in downtown Concord. And you won’t want to miss the biggest fundraising event for 2020 Vision Quest—The Peak Potential Dinner and Auction. It has sold out every year! This year it will be held on November 22nd at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester.
- Want to know more? Find them on Facebook, Tweet with them, find them on LinkedIn, visit their website or their YouTube channel.
There are so many wonderful people and agencies making a difference in our own back yards! If you would like me to feature your non profit agency or know of an amazing NH professional giving back let me know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org