PORTSMOUTH, Va. –
Davis, a contract specialist at Navy Medicine East, who is legally blind, will
run in the Boston Marathon for the fourth time this year with his guide, and
will mark the first time ever a legally blind runner will push an autistic
rider in the marathon with a guide.
always been very passionate about helping people with disabilities,” Davis said.
“Whether it’s helping transition youth in the blind community in Virginia to go
from high school to college and eventually obtaining meaningful employment, or
pushing people with disabilities in marathons to make sure they are
Davis four long years to get approval to push an autistic person in the Boston
Marathon, as no one had ever done it before.
“It was a
relief and a lot of excitement,” Davis said. “That was really cool to hear it
was approved, because it took so long.
They had to make sure we were following all the rules. It also took me a year or two to train and to
qualify, so it was a process.”
A man of
many hats, Davis works at NME, where he negotiates contracts to provide supplies
and services to NME’s military treatment facilities, but he also worked with
the State Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired and served as Chair of
the Governor's Council State Rehabilitation Council of the Blind from 2012 to
He’s been an
active member and treasurer of the local chapter of the National Federation of
the Blind since 2007. Davis also runs in
other marathons, such as the Marine Corps Marathon and Shamrock Marathon, and
pushes people with disabilities in these marathons as well.
“I have been
involved with disability advocacy apart from work since 2007 and it is
something that I will continue to do whether it’s full time or outside of
work,” Davis said. “I have been running marathons, and pushing people with
disabilities since 2009.”
Medicine East oversees the delivery of medical, dental and other health care
services to approximately one million patients across almost 100 facilities in
the eastern hemisphere — including the Tidewater Military Health System which brings
together McDonald Army Health Center, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and U.S.
Air Force Hospital Langley. Plus, its
public health activities extend globally.
For more information, visit www.med.navy.mil/sites/nme.
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