Cazenovia 5 Ledyard Corporation, located at 5 Ledyard Ave. in Cazenovia, led by the communications training of Cazenovia resident Bob Gabor, recently announced its plans to market a book and DVD featuring Angela Winfield, a Syracuse-based lawyer who has become a leader in the blind and black communities both locally and nationwide.
Winfield has a chapter in the newly-published volume of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series, titled “Postive,” released by Simon and Schuster.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for us, through the professional talents of local resident Bob Gabor, to be able to communicate Angela’s beautiful, positive, inspirational life story to date,” said Jim Griffin, CEO of 5 Ledyard Corp. “Angela has been in training with Bob at our building facility for four months. ‘Chicken Soup’ founder mark Hansen is a friend of 40 years, as well as a business partner, and is personally assisting us in the national marketing.”
Griffin said the “Chicken Soup” book series has become a global trend, and is currently approaching 500 million book sales.
Winfield was born and raised in Newburgh, N.Y., and was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, cataracts, glaucoma and uveitis at the age of 4.
During her childhood, she underwent numerous eye surgeries to correct and control her vision loss. However, when she was 10, Winfield was declared legally blind.
Throughout the rest of her primary and secondary education, her vision slowly deteriorated. Nevertheless, she persevered.
Winfield excelled in her academic studies, taking all honors and advanced placement classes, and was inducted into both the National Honor Society and the National Foreign Language Honor Society while in high school. She then attended Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City, where she permanently lost all use of her vision during her sophomore year.
Not only did Winfield persevere, she was further impelled to succeed and continued with her studies. She was a double major, studying both political science and human rights, and minored in religion.