Timothy Hairston has been a client of CLB’s since 2002 and is a major proponent of regular exercise to maintain good health and runs whenever possible. Through CLB’s volunteer program he was able to meet Tiombé Hurd, a professional track and field athlete who also has some vision loss. Their friendship runs year-round with monthly meet-ups and phone calls. Timothy lost his sight due to premature retinopathy during his teenage years though it has not stopped him from working with the Office of Naval Research as an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist. They will participate together in the Light the Way 5k on September 20th as they have each year it has been held. Timothy has been the first runner with no vision to finish the race each year, a streak they hope to keep intact. To support Timothy and Tiombé at the race, consider supporting their Team TnT at CLB’s Light the Way 5k.
When Timothy initially came to CLB in 2002, he entered the job readiness program, which he successfully completed, and with some guidance from CLB was able to obtain a position with the Department of Defense which led him to his current position. He is grateful to CLB for the invaluable support offered to him both professionally and personally.
Tiombé Hurd attended the James Madison University and has since won 6 U.S. triple jump championships, made the 2004 Olympic team, and holds the U.S. triple jump record. She has achieved all of this despite battling various vision that have cost her most of her vision in her left eye, including detached retinas and cataracts. After overcoming various eye and other surgeries, she is currently training in preparation to compete again in 2015. She still lives in the Washington, DC area and is very active in giving back to the local community.