Hello Family & Friends!
Spring has finally arrived and Team 'I Hear You Daddy' is ready once again to walk on behalf of Cacey and Lola, and all people with hearing loss on May 12! This is our fifth year participating in the Walk4Hearing, and our team has raised over $17K thanks to your continued support!
ABOUT HLAA & WALK4HEARING: The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), founded in 1979, helps open up the world of communication to people with hearing loss through information, education, advocacy, and support. In 2006, the HLAA started the Walk4Hearing to bring people together in communities and create awareness about hearing loss. Since 2006, the Walk4Hearing has raised more than $13 million and has become the largest walk for hearing loss taking place in cities across the United States. Money raised from the Walk4Hearing supports national and local programs.
DID YOU KNOW:
- 48 million (20%) Americans have some form of hearing loss. That's 1 out of 10 people!
- 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.
WHY WE WALK: Our daughters, Cacey (7) and Lola (4) were both born with bilateral, sensorineural hearing loss. We participate in the Walk4Hearing because we want Cacey and Lola to know that they are not alone. They get to see others like themselves and it is helpful for the girls (and Brian and I) to know there are a lot of good people out there who care about the hearing loss community. We walk to help make sure that everyone with hearing loss has access to the services, information, and support they need to live a full life just like Cacey and Lola.
CACEY UPDATE: Cacey is cruising through first grade and loving every minute of it! She loves to read (Harry Potter is her current favorite series), draw/paint, play outside with her pals, and is enjoying softball and lacrosse. Her school continues to be amazingly supportive and this year, in addition to her FM system, students in her classroom are using a pass around mic. It's a great lesson for her peers and really helps her to not miss a beat. Cacey continues to astonish us with her lip reading - she blows me out of the water! She also is becoming more independent when caring for her equipment - putting on/taking off her receivers at school and home, changing her own batteries, and speaking up when she can't hear. This year, we decided to do genetic testing for Cacey to help us learn more about the cause of her loss and are waiting for the results. We are so proud of our Beetle!
LOLA UPDATE: Lola is wrapping up her last year of pre-K and has really been thriving! She continues to enjoy ballet and swimming - never wanting to get out of the pool. She will be heading to kindergarten in the Fall and although she'll be one of the youngest, her determination, independence and caring personality shows us she's ready. One quick Lola story: After her latest audiological appointment, we realized one of her hearing aids was not functioning properly and needed to be sent to Phonak for repairs. I told her that she would have to ride home with one hearing aid because her spare aid was at home. As we walked off the elevator, she proceeded to pull up her scarf and cover up her non-aided ear. She told me she didn't want people to see her 'sleeping ear'. This melted my heart as a parent can only hope for their kids to be so confident and comfortable in their own skin. We are so proud of the little lady she's growing into!
ABOUT THE WALK: On Saturday, May 12 at 11:00 am (registration is at 10:00 am), we will be participating in the HLAA's 5K Westchester/Rockland Walk4Hearing at FDR Park in Yorktown Heights. Please join our team, 'I Hear You Daddy' (click on my personal page below) on behalf of Cacey and Lola, and show your support by walking with us and/or donating.
This year, we have allocated all team funds to go directly to the Hearing Loss Association of America to help provide resources and support to people living with hearing loss and their families. We know many of you have causes you already support so any amount helps! If you prefer to send a check, please make it out to: Walk4Hearing and mail it to me at: 78 Fitch Avenue, Darien, CT 06820.
We will let everyone know more about FDR Park and the meeting spot for Team 'I Hear You Daddy' before May 12!
Thank you so much for your generosity, support, and love today and everyday!
Lindsey, Brian, Cacey & Lola
Take Charge of Your Hearing Health and Get Your Hearing Screened
The call to action of the 2018 Walk4Hearing is “Get Your Hearing Checked!”
Take charge of your own hearing health (or encourage someone else) by getting a hearing screening! Follow HLAA Walk4Hearing on Twitter @Walk4Hearing and Tweet #screenURhearing to let us know that you got your hearing checked or encouraged someone else to do so.
For more information about HLAA, please visit hearingloss.org.