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The GO See Foundation

Our mission is to encourage, inspire and empower those going through vision loss to remain active and engaged with their world.

Here’s what we’ve been up to …

GO See Foundation Retreat

Mark your calendar now for the GO See Foundation Retreat at Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria – October 13-15 – 2 nights and 2 days of fun, tactile activities, socializing and the smells and sounds of this wonderful escape in Cambria, CA. Regular Rate $200 per person.

Learn more from our recent appearance on the Dave Congalton Show on KVEC …

 GO See Podcast – New Episodes Posted

A new episode of the GO See Podcast has been published on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and all other podcast sources. Dr. Laurie Mileur was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) in 1992 at the age of 40. You’ll love her positive and healthy approach to vision loss. More information on our Blog or just listen here.

Zipline Experience – Story on KSBY-TV

The GO See Foundation recently sponsored a Zipline Tour at Margarita Farms. KSBY’s Claudia Buccio captured the story …

Founder Named as Points of Light Honoree

GO See Foundation founder, Allyson Buerger, was recently honored as a Daily Point of Light for all her work on behalf of the foundation to make a difference in our community – to help people get out and “go” places, despite vision loss.

Read the Blog Post –  Points of Light Honoree 

Read the full article – In California, Outdoor Sports Continue for Those with Vision Loss Thanks to GO See Foundation – on the website.

My name is Allyson Buerger and I’ve been dealing with vision loss for as long as I can remember.

My late father, Gary Owens (we all called him, “G.O.”) always encouraged me to live my life to the fullest, regardless of how well I could or could not see. He didn’t want my vision ability to be a disability. I was mainstreamed through high school and did everything my friends did. I worked at McDonalds, was a basketball cheerleader and did drill team at half time for the football games.

I created the GO See Foundation to inspire and encourage anyone experiencing vision loss. I gave it the name “GO See” because of G.O. and what I learned from him about dealing with life’s challenges including vision loss. I also believe that it is important to stay active and engaged with the world around you – to GO like G.O. always did.

My Story

I flunked the school vision test in Kindergarten so my parents were encouraged to take me to an opthamologist. That began a lifetime of doctor visits, medications and surgeries (19 so far) on a long road of vision loss. It started with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA), Cataracts and Uveitis. Glaucoma quickly became another major issue as well as retinal flairs. My right eye was removed in 1989 and replaced with a prosthetic. Vision in my left eye was relatively stable until four years ago when the the cornea began to fail.

On a good day, I have 20/80 vision within a limited field and most of that clarity is with objects in very close range. Everything else is seen as through a frost covered windshield. Thank goodness I have my guide dog, Olga, to help me. We were introduced to each other at Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael in August, 2016. Since then we have done everything together.

There are more than 7 million people with a vision disability in America (according to the National Federation of the Blind). “Vision Loss” affects 5.5% of Americans 18-44 and more than 12% of those over 45 (according to the American Foundation for the Blind). Each of us has a different story. In my case, I’ve had to cope with giving up everyday activities (like driving myself anywhere I wanted to go) that I took for granted a few years ago … but … I believe that losing your sight doesn’t mean you’re limited. There are plenty of resources available that allow those of us experiencing vision loss to “Go” “Do” and “See” the world, to experience life, meet people and share our talents.

The GO See Foundation and this website are meant to forge a community where people with vision loss can support each other, share information and resources. What’s YOUR story? Share it with me via the Contact Us section below and come back and visit again soon.

Allyson Buerger

Allyson Buerger


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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

~ Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

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