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Southeastern Graduate Profile: Lunar Explorer Frank Obremski & Berniece

This week saw another group of students graduate from Southeastern Guide Dogs’ program with their new guide dogs. Here is the profile of just one of those inspiring people.

Frank Obremski, born with congenital retinitis pigmentosa, has been legally blind since birth and ten years ago became totally blind.  But that didn’t stop him from making a lasting impression on the moon.  You see, Frank was a vendor at the Kennedy Space Center for 42 years and while there, he was able to “have a look” at the lunar space rover by giving it a once-over with his hands before it was sent up to check out the moon.

Frank came to Southeastern Guide Dogs for his third guide.  Upon arriving, he was paired with a petite black Labrador named Berniece, but lovingly called Niecey with whom he bonded instantly.

Niecey won’t have to make her way around the Kennedy Space Center and its enormous buildings, but she will have plenty of walking in her future. Frank is an active member of the Moose Lodge and Lions Club in Titusville and makes his way to each by walking at least four miles per day.

Frank credits his guides with changing his life.  “The mobility and independence they provide is just incredible” he says.  And now he gets to experience that independence with sweet little Niecey.

Charles Schelle March 23, 2012 at 12:45 PM
That's great to hear Frank has a great companion in Berniece or I guess now it's Niecey! Does Kennedy Space Center do that regularly for its vendors? Pretty cool they allow an up-close feel and inspection of space craft for folks who work on the property.

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