Dearest family and friends,
I am participating in the 2017 Long Beach Walk4Hearing. This year marks my ten year anniversary. My first walk was in 2007! Your support has been incredible and I am humbled and deeply appreciative. Our goal, as always, is to raise awareness and to raise funds. I need your support now just as much as I have in the past. There is still so much work to do and so many needs to be met. I am a proud member of the LA Stars Team. We will be walking the 5K on June 10, 2017. Please support me, and my team, in this worthy endeavor!
Hearing loss is a public health issue in the United States.
•48 million (20%) Americans have some form of hearing loss
•26 million have noise-induced hearing loss that could be prevented
•2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children are born deaf or with a hearing loss
•60% of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings
•80% of people with hearing loss who could benefit from a hearing aid do not wear one
•Even a mild hearing loss can cause a child to miss as much as 50% of classroom discussion
Many people do not know where to find the information and support they need to adjust to living with hearing loss. When someone has a hearing loss it affects everyone they interact with - family, friends, co-workers, employers, neighbors and even strangers.
I am very grateful to have found the Hearing Loss Association of America early in my hearing loss journey, just as I was beginning college. The information that I received from their national publication was invaluable. Not only was it informative but it helped me to realize that I was not completely alone. I am also grateful to have found HLAA-LA, the local chapter. This group is very active and there are many talented and dedicated members. I find support, information, inspiration, friendship and fun with the LA chapter, AKA the LA Stars (for this event).
Come out to beautiful Marina Green Park on Saturday June 10 and walk the 5k with us. There is strength in numbers! I need your financial support too. Please help me to raise funds. For this ten year anniversary I am setting the lofty goal of $2000. I know that I can do this with your help! Please make an online donation or you can send a check to my home address.
Lots of love and appreciation,