Sharmese Anderson, an individual who had lived her life helping people and always intentional in her readiness to take action. Sharmese have always recognized when other people are in trouble or feeling pain without being told. Compassion is a lifestyle and everything she does is deliberate and mindful. She never expected what was coming next in her life, but then she was challenged by a disease that she never heard of ( Retinitis Pigmentosa-RP) and became legally blind in 2005.
Retinitis pigmentosa is a group of genetic disorders that affect the retina’s ability to respond to light, causing a slow loss of vision.
During the time of her greatest struggles, she felt like an outcast ,isolated , friendless, misunderstood and lonely. After taking some time to adjust and prepare for her new normal, she became open to the possibilities that lie ahead of her.
Friends with Disabilities was established in September 2016 by Sharmese Anderson, Executive Director/CEO.