Tiombé has been a volunteer for Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB) for a year and a half. In her role as a volunteer she was partnered with a local blind man that she assists twice a month with his routine activities such as reading mail, paying bills, grocery shopping, and running errands. In the process they have grown to be great friends. Having battled visual impairment all of her life and faced with another setback earlier this spring that resulted in emergency surgery and left her legally blind in her right eye, she wanted to continue helping CLB as they remain dedicated to helping blind and visually impaired people in the Washington, DC area lead normal lifestyles.
When Tiombé learned that CLB would be having its first annual Light the Way 5k Fundraiser on September 10th, she was excited to take part. It gave her the opportunity to be the guide for her blind CLB partner, Timothy, as they completed the 5k run together. And it gave her a chance to spark up her competitive nature again since her recent eye surgery prevented her from competing during the year. The 5K event also served as her Athletes for Hope National Day of Service. Athletes for Hope is a non-profit organization whose athlete members are dedicated to philanthropic and charitable work in their communities. In addition to the work they do throughout the year, they pick a special way to commemorate the anniversary of September 11th and the CLB 5k fundraiser was a great way for Tiombé to do her part. Athletes for Hope initially introduced her to CLB and she was pleased to contribute to the efforts of both organizations.
Family and friends supported Tiombé by making contributions to the fundraiser. All money went towards helping CLB continue the great work they do every day.
To learn more about Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind please visit: www.clb.org
To learn more about Athletes for Hope please visit: www.athletesforhope.org