Aurora Ortiz at the 2nd annual Finish Chelsea's Run
  • Aurora Ortiz at the 2nd annual Finish Chelsea's Run
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Balboa Park was awash with thousands of runners on the morning of Saturday, March 3. They were taking part in the second annual 5K run organized by the Chelsea's Light Foundation, which raises money to fund the Sunflower College Scholarships that honor the memory of Chelsea King.

As a volunteer holding signs along the running course, I watched in amazement as a legally blind, partially deaf, and disabled runner by the name of Aurora Ortiz jogged by my station. She used a white cane to clear a path near the curbside as she made progress.

Later on, I spoke with Ortiz, who tearfully said that she ran the race "in honor of her sister, who was kidnapped and raped in her native Puerto Rican homeland."

Ortiz, the current president of the Blind Community Center of San Diego, has run the Carlsbad Marathon numerous times. She finished Chelsea’s Run in 46 minutes.

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Gail Powell March 6, 2012 @ 4:59 p.m.

I can assure "viewer" that Aurora is legally blind and I do not think she is rooking the taxpayers with Medi-Cal as she holds a position as President of the Blind Community Center of San Diego, a noted non-profit that does lots of outreach and good works for the blind and disabled in the community. There are scam artists in every neck of the woods, unfortunately, though.

I must also note that Aurora did message me with the detail that "We are not natives of Puerto Rico, we were born in New York City, although what happened (with my sister) took place in Puerto Rico."

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