This Boston Marathon is personal

Joseph Metzger’s wife has low vision, which inspired him to run the 2016 Boston Marathon for Team Perkins

Joseph Metzger running in a previous road race

Joseph Metzger has a family connection to visual impairment, and said running the Boston Marathon for Perkins is a way to "contribute to this cause which affects so many.”

March 23, 2016

Joseph Metzger has run 25 previous marathons, but the 2016 Boston Marathon will be personal.

“My wife is legally blind without corrective lenses,” he said. “Through her experiences I have learned to appreciate on a daily basis the medical advances that enable her to function normally. (That’s why) I felt a connection to Perkins School for the Blind. It would be wonderful to directly participate and contribute to this cause which affects so many.”

Metzger is one of three members of the Perkins Marathon Team. In addition to tackling the 26.2 hilly miles from Hopkinton to Boston, Team Perkins has set a goal of raising $25,000 for children and young adults who are blind. Metzger has personally pledged to raise $8,000.

Metzger previously ran the Boston Marathon in 2001 and 2011, but running it this year for Perkins is special, he said.

“I have seen how the Boston Marathon is truly a community effort, and it brings together so many people from all walks of life,” he said. “I want to give back to the Boston community and those in need. In particular, I feel that running for Team Perkins is important for me because there are many, including myself, who take for granted the ability to see while running. By running for Team Perkins, I feel that I can help bring more awareness to this very important cause.”

Metzger is a resident of Tampa, Florida, and a senior partner at the Metzger Law Group. He’s an active volunteer for his church, and has helped raise money for numerous causes, including homelessness, breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. He’s also volunteered at fundraisers for the schools his three children attend.

To support Metzger’s Boston Marathon run and make a donation to Perkins School for the Blind, visit his secure Crowdrise fundraising page.

All donations will support Perkins School for the Blind’s programs – on campus, in the community and around the world – that help children and young adults who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities, reach their full potential.

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