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         Deadline for the December                       ‘My White Cane Means Freedom’

                  Issue is Nov. 14

                      Mail or email to:                  – One Man’s Incredible Story In
          Bill Thompson, 18583 Lake Bend Drive
                                                         Celebration Of White Cane Day, Oct. 15
                billthompsonsoj@gmail.com



            The Shores of Jupiter                          White Cane Day is a national observance in the United
                                                         States, celebrated on Oct. 15 of each year since 1964. The
                       website:                          date is set aside to celebrate the achievements of people who
                                                         are blind or visually impaired and the important symbol of
         www.theshoresofjupiter.org                      blindness and tool of independence, the white cane.
                                                           Lighthouse teaches many students of all ages how to use the
                                                         white cane during orientation and mobility (O&M) training.
                                                           One such student is 59-year-old Benny Johnson from
                                                         Fort Pierce.
        Disclaimer                                         Benny’s story is one of incredible determination and of
          Copy appearing herewith may not be the viewpoint   one who beat the odds. It begins just over five years ago
        of The Shores Board of Directors or its newsletter editor.   when he worked throughout Europe in the robotics industry.
        Nor should responsibility be assigned for accuracy or   While home in Florida on vacation he became incredibly ill
        validity or articles contributed by residents or other   with a strange undiagnosed infection which caused him to
        articles chosen by the publisher or the editor.  lose his right leg. He spent 66 days in the hospital and still
                                                         no diagnosis, even from a CDC infectious disease doctor.
                                                         He went home, with no job and no family to help him.
             Realtime Property Management                  After months of rehabilitation, he got a prosthetic leg and
                   of South Florida LLC                  learned to walk all over again. One afternoon about four
                                                         months later Benny experienced one of the most terrifying
         Beth White, RPA, LCAM, President/CEO            moments of his life – “Just like that, the lights went out, I
         bwhite@realtimepm.com • (561) 763-0086          lost my vision in my left eye. Of course, the doctors had no   more importantly she taught me how to keep my head on
                                                         idea why this happened, they attributed it to the “super bug”
                                                                                                           straight!”
              140 Intracoastal Drive, Ste. 403           I somehow contracted. And then one week later, bam, the     Now, a few years later he realized he needed more help
                     Jupiter, FL 33477                   other eye went out – just like that! After days of retreat and   with orientation and mobility training and Curt entered
                                                         depression and no idea what to do I flat out decided – I’m   his life. “He has taught me how to safely and confidently
                                                         not going out like this – if death wants me, it better have   navigate my surroundings as I am very unstable still due
                                                         its running shoes on!”                            to the prosthetic. I now can go almost anywhere, my white
            The Shores Of Jupiter Homeowners               Benny went to YouTube to figure out what to do next, but   cane is my constant companion – sort of like my girlfriend,
                      Association Inc.                   with a prosthetic leg and no sight, he was tired of running   I can’t imagine my life without it. I am at peace with my
              Board Of Directors, Committee              into things and realized he needed more help than YouTube.   blindness and now I want to make the world a better place.
                                                         He enrolled in a school for the blind in Daytona Beach, and   It is a miracle I am still alive and now I want to pay it back
        Board Of Directors:                              once he came home, he reached out to Lighthouse.  by teaching others how to interact with blind people and
        David Lindley, President ................................. 743-5522    “I was blown away about how much you guys at   make their businesses accessible for all. My ultimate goal
        Art Cummings, Vice President........................ 743-0047  Lighthouse cared – it started with Diane who taught me   is to get back to work and serve as an ambassador between
        Bill Thompson, Secretary ............................... 762-1832  numerous skills to help me be more independent, but   the sighted and blind world!”
        Barry Parker, Treasurer ............................785-320-1745
        John Hornyak, Director ............................561-512-2237
        Sal Greco, Director ..................................561-602-6397  Jupiter Senior Softball League
        Brian Martin, Director .................................... 448-6998
        Architectural Control Committee:
        Andrea Paralta, Chair ...................................... 748-3463  By Mike Richman             Penna Drive, beginning
        Emily O’Mahoney, Vice Chair ........................ 747-9048    Registration is under way for the Jupiter Senior   at 8:30 a.m.  They are
        Brian Martin  ................................................... 448-6998  Softball Association’s (JSSA) 2023 season and new   expected to move to
        Compliance Committee:                              players of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged   Jupiter Community Park
        Art Cummings, Chair ...................................... 743-0047  to sign up.                   after  renovations  that
        Lakes And Parks Committee:                           The slow-pitch softball program is open to persons   are under way there
        David Lindley, Chair ....................................... 743-5522  55 and over and those who register will be included   are  completed. The
        Landscaping And Irrigation Committee:              in pickup games and have an opportunity to develop   senior softball program
        Emily O’Mahoney, Chair ................................ 747-9048  their skills in preparation for the Winter League that   is sponsored  by  the
        Crimewatch Committee:                              launches in January 2023 and runs through March.   nonprofit Jupiter Senior
        Bill Thompson, Chair ...................................... 762-1832    “We want people to come out and experience the   Softball Association  in
        Welcoming Committee:                               joy and camaraderie of playing ball with other like-  cooperation with Jupiter’s
        Barry Parker, Co-Chair ............................785-320-1745   minded players,”” said JSSA Commissioner Paul   Parks and Recreation
        Kristi Parker, Co-Chair ...................................................  Storch. He noted also that the league’s three division   Department.
        Sylke Lopez                                        format accommodates players of all abilities, “from     Registration can be
        Infrastructure                                     recreational play to very competitive and everything   made online at www.  JSSA Commissioner Paul
        David Lindley, Chair ....................................... 743-5522  in between.”                leaguelineup.com/jssa.   Storch
        Communications and Newsletter Editor:                Games are every Monday, Wednesday and Friday   For more information
        Bill Thompson, Chair ...................................... 762-1832   morning at Maplewood Community Park, 1720 Tony   contact Gary Newman at (917) 623-0791.
        Events & Social Media Committee:
        Barry Parker, Co-Chair ............................785-320-1745
        Kristi Parker, Co-Chair ...................................................
        Francesca Brown                                      Peripheral
        Tracey Lavoll
        Sylke Lopez
        Anais Maristany-Diaz                                 Neuropathy?
        Dena Martin
        Realtime Property Management of South Florida LLC:
        Beth White ...................................................... 763-0086   FREE Consultation
          bwhite@realtimepm.com
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