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NH Walk for Sight

April 22, 2012

Many of you know Debbie Duffy – if not by name, then by sight.  She’s the warm, friendly voice that answers our phone and the kind, helpful person who greets you when you visit our office.  Debbie is Waterville Valley Realty’s office administrator and the glue that holds us together!

Debbie Duffy, Waterville Valley Realty's Office Administrator

If you’ve visited our office, you may have noticed the photos of Debbie’s grandchildren.  All three of her young grandchildren have special needs.  Her 8-year-old granddaughter, Abby, lost her eyesight to Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy.

Debbie and her family and friends will be participating in the New Hampshire Association for the Blind‘s 9th Annual Walk for Sight in Concord, NH on Saturday, June 2.  Debbie is walking to support and honor Abby and to help advance the independence of persons who are blind and visually impaired in New Hampshire.

Read Debbie’s letter below.


I wanted to invite you to join me for the NH Association for the Blind’s 3K Walk for Sight on June 2, 2012 in Concord, NH.  The Duffy family will be there and we would love to have you be a part of this day with us.  You are welcome to join us by walking or you may sponsor me as I walk that day.

Last year we were named Team Abby.  The above picture shows the group that walked in 2011 with our Team Abby banner spelled out in Braille.  We are hoping for another big year in 2012!

This year our team name is NFB NH WHOZITS.  Thanks to the generosity of NH Association of the Blind (NHAB), 50% of the money raised by the team will be returned to the National Federation of the Blind of NH (NFB).  We are very grateful to them because the NFB has been supportive to Abby and her family in many ways.  I would love to exceed my personal goal of $1,200 – the amount I raised last year.

Abby loves to read and is doing exceptionally well learning Braille.  She uses a white cane in public to help her maneuver without tripping over things.  It also puts others on alert that she has a vision impairment.  She is a happy, intelligent 8-year old in the second grade, usually smiling and always wanting to be outside to play or help papa Ernie in the garden.  You can watch the “commercial” Abby made by going to my daughter-in-law, Penny’s, blog.

I hope you will consider being a part of this big day which will benefit Abby directly as well as others throughout New Hampshire with vision issues.

Here are two options for you to participate:

  1. Join us for the Walk.  Sign up online at the NH Association for the Blind website.
  2. Sponsor me by going directly to my webpage and make an online donation.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  Share this info with anyone you think might be interested.

Thank you so much,

Debbie Duffy                                                                                                                    603-726-4479 (h)
603-254-7456 (cell)
51 Cross Rd
Thornton NH 03285                                                                                          

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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