Julie DeLillo, who will go before the Board of Aldermen this week as one of the Mayor’s nominees to serve on the newly formed Melrose Commission on Women, will compete April 16th in the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) 5k in the Blindfold Challenge.
She will complete the race running blindfolded the entire time tethered by a shoe lace to her teammate, Mike Lorenco, who will guide her along the way. This is the third time the pair will run the race together to benefit the Perkins School for the Blind, where DeLillo is the Director of Human Resources.
“The experience is completely nerve wracking. You are running alongside 7000 sighted people, and you can’t see a thing,” said DeLillo about the race. “You develop a lot of trust in your teammate, and you develop a real understanding of some of the challenges blind people and those with other disabilities face every day.”
DeLillo has used her experience at Perkins to remove barriers to employment for those who are visually impaired. She has also taken her knowledge back home to Melrose. Last year, DeLillo reached out to the Chamber of Commerce and coordinated efforts to create the first Braille versions of the Victorian Fair map and vendor listing, which could be picked up at the Chamber booth.
“I was glad we were able to open up the Fair to a greater audience,” said DeLillo. “I hope even more people take advantage of it next year.”
When she is not busy at work, you might find DeLillo running around town, as she is an avid runner, or actively involved in civic life in which she currently serves as Chairman of the Melrose Taxpayers Alliance.
If you would like to support her in the Blindfold Challenge to benefit the Perkins School for the Blind, you may visit her fundraising page at http://bit.ly/25nqJs7 or mail a check payable to “The Perkins School for the Blind,” c/o Julie DeLillo, 13 Circuit St, Melrose MA 02176.