Lindy Pabian knows exactly why she’s running the Boston Marathon®.
She sees it every day in the classrooms at Perkins School for the Blind.
Pabian is a speech-language pathologist in Perkins’ Deafblind Program, where she works with students to assess and improve their communication skills. She sees the difference Perkins makes in those children’s lives on a daily basis.
“The amount of care and high-quality education that the children at Perkins receive is unrivaled,” she said. “If I can run to support that and to help to continue to allow the kids to have the best resources possible, then that would be a privilege for me.”
Pabian is one of two members of the Perkins marathon team who will run 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston on April 17 to raise funds for children who are blind or visually impaired. Pabian plans to raise $6,000.
Pabian said she is “lucky enough to see what a wonderful and special place Perkins is first-hand.”
“Each student is able to receive individualized education and services that promote productive and meaningful lives because of the exceptional interdisciplinary team of highly trained teachers, clinicians, residential coordinators and support staff,” she said.
As a speech-language pathologist, Pabian shows students who are deafblind how to use whatever hearing and vision they have – along with their other senses – to maximize their ability to communicate. That allows students to learn more effectively in the classroom and develop independent living skills.
“My inspiration is all of the students within the Deafblind Program,” she said. “I want to raise money for a school that supports children with special needs so greatly.”
This will be the second time Pabian has run the Boston Marathon – she also ran in 2015. In addition, she ran the New York City Marathon in 2016.
To support Pabian’s Boston Marathon run and make a donation to Perkins School for the Blind, visit her secure fundraising page. All donations will support Perkins’ programs and services for children and young adults who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities.