Hi everyone! My name is Holly Sternlicht, for those of you who don’t know me very well, every year I set up a team for the Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) walk/run. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic we cannot have the usual set up for the walk/run. But, the event will be taking place virtually this year. When you register you are able to submit your times for a run, walk or even a ride. A ride may include anything from a normal bike, elliptical or even a stationary bike. Last year, the Helen Keller National Center closed its doors for the first time since 1969. There are so many deaf-blind people sitting at home completely isolated with very little knowledge of what is actually happening in our world. Majority of the deaf-blind community relies heavily on touch. Due to the global pandemic communication is difficult because many people rely on tactical sign language or other forms of communication that have to do with touch. Masks also are restricting communication because people who are deaf or deaf and legally blind cannot read lips or see facial expressions. I am fortunate to be able to rely on my technology like my phone and computer to stay connected to our outside world while quarantined. Deaf-blind people who have not received training to learn how to use technology in Braille cannot use these devices to get information. I can’t imagine how frightening and alone they must feel.The national and regional centers maintain regular communication, relaying the latest safety information and providing services or connecting individuals to resources in their local communities. From early intervention for children to senior citizen programs that help older adults gain skills to live as independently as possible, they’re there for people at every stage of their lives. Funds raised from this event will enable HKS to do all they can to assist their consumers with sensory loss to receive equal access to opportunity! People come from all over the country to live in the dorm facility provided at the Helen Keller National Center. They learn different skills that can help them learn how to live independently. I want to do my part to give back to a community that is desperately in need. Especially since the center is located in my home town. Thank you to everyone who took time out of their day to read this whole thing. I appreciate it and any donation that you can give to Holly's Homies would mean the world. We may be far apart, but we are in this together!