Graduates who give back: Mark and Guiding Eyes Arlo

“Just because I have a visual impairment doesn’t mean I can’t do the same things sighted people can do.”

That was Guiding Eyes graduate Mark McCowan’s inspiration when he founded Bookin’ for Lookin’ Foundation in 2013 – to raise awareness in his community about those who are visually impaired and the stigma around it.

“When I used a cane, I would get a lot of questions from children about what it was and why I needed it. So I felt obligated to share more with the larger community,” Mark explains.

Bookin’ for Lookin’ provides funds to select nonprofit organizations working to improve the quality of life for people with visual impairments. As an avid runner, Mark organizes an annual race in his local Newtown, Pennsylvania community to help raise these funds. One of the recipient organizations, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, is near and dear to Mark’s heart.

“My life has been turned upside down in so many positive ways since receiving Arlo from Guiding Eyes last year,” Mark says. “I’m more comfortable walking now than I was with a cane. Plus, the love he gives me is just amazing. Every morning he wakes up, puts his paws on my bed, and licks me all over. There is no better unconditional love.”

Guiding Eyes would like to extend its sincerest gratitude to Mark and Bookin’ for Lookin’ for their recent donation of $3,000 toward our mission. Your support truly makes a difference!

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