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5th Annual White Cane Walk

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Braeden Wyse, 12, center, talks with orientation mobility specialist Katie Fisher, left, while learning to use a white cane Saturday morning during The Sight Center's 5th Annual White Cane Walk at ProMedica Flower Hospital in Sylvania. The Sylvania Sunrise Lions Club, Inc. also partnered to sponsor the event. The White Cane Walk raises money to provide support services for the blind or visually impaired. In addition to the mile-long walk, participants were able to learn to use a white cane or engage in other activities designed to help the sighted understand life without, or with impaired, sight.

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Mike Simmons, of Cleveland, left, attempted to frost a cupcake while blindfolded. Simmons, who has a close friend who is blind, said he was in town visiting family and decided to stop by the event.

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A group of people set off for The Sight Center's 5th Annual White Cane Walk at ProMedica Flower Hospital in Sylvania.

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Instructor Dan Zink, left, helps Todd Belman adjust to using a white cain rather than his sight, to aid him in walking. Todd came to the walk to support his wife, Tammy, who lost her sight after an operation damaged her Myopic nerve.

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While Tammy Belman, left, helps her husband Todd, center left, secure his blindfold in place, instructor Dan Zink, center has a quick word with Sylvania resident Cindy Shunk.

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Instructor Dan Zink, center, talks with Josh Pocock, of Oak Harbor, after teaching him the proper way to use a white cane.

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Teaghan Visser, 4, greets seeing eye dog Betsy. Betsy aids The Sigh Center of Northwestern Ohio Executive Director Dawn Christensen, who is blind. Christensen estimated the days activities would draw about 150 people in all.

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Cindy Shunk, center left, and Candice Fournier, center right, both of Sylvania, walk arm-in-arm together.

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Tammy Belman, of Wauseon, center right, walks alongside her husband, Todd, center left, and her niece Abby Brink, 19, right. The Belman family came out for the event to support The Sight Center because of the work they had done to help Tammy after she lost most of her sight during an operation.

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Amy Lewis, of Sylvania, center, smiles at her granddaughter, Kay Conley, 10, right, while the pair join about two dozen other people. Conley agreed to be blindfolded for the duration of the walk.

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