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IAP 219: Love is Blind with Special Guest Tony Cancelosi

• 52 min

“Vision” can mean different things to different people, but for this week’s guest, his life’s work has been inspired by a vision of sharing his Italian family’s inspiring love with the visually impaired. This week, we’re sitting down with Tony Cancelosi, the chief executive officer of Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind in Washington, D.C. Since 1900, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind has been dedicated to helping the blind or visually impaired overcome the challenges of vision loss, a mission that enables people of all ages to remain independent, active, productive, and secure. Tony will share how vision has played a role in his life, both literally and figuratively, whether it was his late father’s eventual loss of vision that inspired him to see blindness in a more empathic way, or his steadfast faith and overwhelming desire to help as many people as he can, treating each meeting as a spiritual encounter. We also talk about Tony’s Italian American background, including his Philadelphia-based upbringing, and his family’s big “secret” that helped set him on his life’s path. Taking us from his successes in the business world to his vocation with Lighthouse for the Blind, we’ll discuss how the love of famiglia is at the heart of everything he does. Finally, we also discuss how Tony’s work has been affected by his Italian American heritage and how that has become part of his life’s overall vision and vocation. Join us for a genuinely heartwarming episode that you won’t want to miss!

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