[tabi] Re: Recent news story about one of Tallahassee's own

  • From: "Mimi Robinson" <mimir@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2012 13:49:42 -0400

So good to hear the news.  
I never did get your autograph....
   
~Mimi Robinson

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[mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Dave
Bigoney
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2012 7:36 PM
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Subject: [tabi] Re: Recent news story about one of
Tallahassee's own

You're very welcome.

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[mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Tinetta Cooper
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2012 6:21 PM
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Subject: [tabi] Re: Recent news story about one of
Tallahassee's own

Dave, I'm so glad you sent the link to your foundation.
I didn't have time
to look it up.

Tinetta

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Bigoney" <takeablink@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2012 9:47 AM
Subject: [tabi] Re: Recent news story about one of
Tallahassee's own


> Thanks for sharing this story Tinetta. The link to my
foundation is below.
>
> Dave Bigoney
> Executive Director, Team Vision Foundation
> Office (850) 514-8821
> Cell   (850) 443-1017
> Web: http://www.teamvisionfoundation.org
> Facebook: http://www.tiny.cc/8crwg
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
> Behalf
> Of Tinetta Cooper
> Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2012 8:10 AM
> To: "Undisclosed-Recipient:;"@freelists.org
> Subject: [tabi] Recent news story about one of
Tallahassee's own
>
> A story that appeared on one of Tallahassee's news
stations was so heart
> warming I had to share it with you.  I don't know if
Dave is on any of our
> lists, but he is an amazing member of the blind
community.
> A link to the story appears at the end of this
message.
>
> Blind Ambition: One Man's Story of Triumph in the
Midst of Tragedy
>
> July 10, 2012
>
> Most of us will never complete a triathlon. Even
thinking about it can 
> make
> your muscles hurt. But a Tallahassee man began taking
that challenge in
> stride only after losing something most of us can't
imagine living 
> without.
>
> "The day after Christmas in the middle of the night
while my father and I
> were asleep my step mother shot my father and I with
a 38 caliber 
> revolver.
> I was shot in the head," said Bigoney.
>
> Those gunshots took his dad's life, and Dave's sight.
>
> "I'd never done anything without seeing so it was
frustrating," said
> Bigoney.
>
> He was 23 at the time.
>
> He'd served four years in the Navy and had always
been an athlete.
>
> Gradually he learned how to do the things he loved,
without seeing.
>
> Four years after what could've been nothing more than
tragedy, he 
> completed
> his first triathlon.
>
> The Tallahassee man trains multiple days a week.
>
> Some days, he's in his home office running on a
treadmill.
>
> Most other days, he's training outside with his
sighted guide, Jamie 
> Hanuka.
>
> Race regulations say Hanuka is a piece of equipment
for the blind athlete.
>
> They both say that couldn't be further from the
truth.
>
> "If I don't have a guide that can stay with me or has
a problem," said
> Bigoney, "I can't get across the finish line. And my
guide really isn't
> allowed to cross the finish line without me."
>
> "Triathlon is a sport where even though you're racing
around a bunch of
> people, you're still racing by yourself for
yourself," said Hanuka. "But
> working with Dave has really done a great job of
taking me outside of 
> myself
> and working with someone else."
>
> So how does a blind man run on the street or in
groups?
>
> He stay tethered to his guide.
>
> A rope is tied around Dave's waist and Jamie holds
the other end in his
> hand.
>
> That way Dave can never stray too far away and he
always knows when he's
> getting too close.
>
> The same is true for swimming.
>
> When they cycle, they ride a tandem bike.
>
> "Dave is a consummate jokester," said Hanuka.
>
> We saw plenty of that during our time with him. Dave
will sing at a 
> moment's
> notice and hop on his son's small bike.
>
> "But when it comes to the things he's passionate
about, he's very serious
> and very focused," continued Hanuka.
>
> One of his passions is Team Vision. It's a seemingly
ironic name for the
> foundation Dave started to help the visually impaired
stay active.
>
> "No pun intended, but it's really opened my eyes to a
whole different
> world," said Bigoney. "It's allowed me the
opportunity to change lives."
>
> "Just because someone looks at a person and thinks
they aren't whole 
> doesn't
> mean they can't accomplish things," said Hanuka.
>
> That's the message this duo has been peddling, that
even without sight, 
> you
> can still have vision.
>
>
>
>
http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Blind_Ambition_One_Ma
ns_Story_of_Triumph_i
> n_the_Midst_of_Tragedy_161982385.html
>
>
>
>
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