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Royal Oak Business Owner to Guide Blind Runner in Boston Marathon

Brian Lane, of Royal Oak, and blind marathoner Rachel Weeks are teaming up to run 26.2 miles while raising money for Boston Marathon bombing victims, FiftyTwoMom and Team with a Vision.

A Royal Oak business owner, Brian Lane, 33, will serve as a guide for a blind marathoner from South Carolina in the 2014 Boston Marathon on April 21.

Lane was chosen as one of two guides for Rachel Weeks, 30, who has Usher's Syndrome  – a condition that affects both hearing and vision.  He and Week's sister, Becca Nickens, will guide the marathoner for 26.2 miles.  

The group is also working to help raise money for FiftyTwo4Mom, Boston Marathon bombing victims and Team With a Vision, which is made up of blind, visually impaired and sighted athletes from all over the country.

Lane, who is the owner of Bingo Pet Salon in downtown Royal Oak and the founder of FiftyTwoMom, has been raising money for the funding of research into causes, treatments, and cures for blindness since 1997 when his mother, Terry Lynn Lane, lost sight in her right eye after a fall.

People can make donations to FiftyTwo4Mom via www.fiftytwo4mom.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/fiftytwo4mom.  

The Lane and Week's marathon fundraising page can be found at www.gofundme.com/5w48jk

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