I met Yolanda Palumbo in 2003 after she had experienced the loss of vision in both eyes. I visited her at home in order to provide some counseling and to teach her daily living skills that would help her come to terms with her loss and resume an active lifestyle. However, Yolanda was very angry and felt that she would never be able to do the things that she once enjoyed. Two of these things was driving a car and having children. After several counseling sessions, she agreed to take part in a variety of training courses at CNIB that would assist her in returning to a very active lifestyle. These skills included , carrying out tasks in the home and being able to travel by transit and walk around the neighborhood independently.
Several years later Yolanda had one of her wishes come true in that she had a baby boy named Julian. Despite, all her apprehensiveness and fear, she has been able to participate fully in Julian’s life successfully. Her next wish, was to organize a fund-raising event that would be her way of thanking the CNIB for providing her the vehicle that help restore confidence and self esteem that led to a new start. This project has kept her busy for the last 9 years and to date has raised over $100,000 that will help provide CNIB services to persons who experience loss of vision.
Raising Julian, organizing the next Vision of Hope fundraiser, taking care of a home and providing baked goods to the Weston Lions for one of their fundraisers has kept Yolanda very busy. The accomplishments that Yolanda has achieved, despite the hurdles, is a testimony to the strength of her character. This is why I feel that Yolanda Palumbo is an amazing individual.