April 19, 2019
Jennifer Rothschild to share her inspirational story at Hackensack Meridian Health’s free Vassar Vision Awareness Day, May 16
After losing her eyesight as an adolescent, Jennifer Rothschild’s dreams of becoming a commercial artist and cartoonist faded. Nevertheless, she persevered, becoming a bestselling author, recording artist, and inspirational speaker. Jennifer will share her message of encouragement at Hackensack Meridian Health’s Mitchell Vassar Vision Awareness Day on Thursday, May 16, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Grand Marquis, 1550 Route 9 South, Old Bridge, NJ.
This free event, focusing on “Living Beyond Limits,” includes lunch and a resource fair with exhibitions from an array of Hackensack Meridian Health network services and programs. A collection will also be held for unwanted eyeglasses for the Lions Club Recycle for Sight Program, benefiting visually impaired adults and children. In addition to Jennifer’s presentation, Stacy Doumas, M.D., from Hackensack Meridian Health’s Behavioral Health team, will discuss achieving emotional harmony.
At the age of fifteen, Jennifer was diagnosed with a rare, degenerative eye disease that would eventually steal her sight. Words and music replaced her vision for more than 30 years. Jennifer is the author of 14 books and she has been featured on NBC’s The Today Show, Dr. Phil, ABC’s Good Morning America, and other national TV and radio programs. Her book Lessons I Learned in the Dark has been a national bestseller. Known for her substance, and down to earth style, Jennifer weaves together colorful illustrations, universal principles, and music to help audiences find contentment, walk with endurance and celebrate the ordinary. Through her signature wit and poignant storytelling, audiences are prompted to look beyond their circumstances to find unique “gifts” in unusual packaging.
The event is made possible by the Mitchell Vassar Bright Future Legacy, through a generous gift from Janice Mitchell Vassar. This gift to Hackensack Meridian Health has made a positive impact on New Jersey’s visually impaired individuals by making educational opportunities available for patients and caregivers, sponsoring Vision Awareness Day, and offering free screenings to the community.
Registration is required for the event, please call 1-800-560-9990.