Hi Family & Friends!
Team 'I Hear You Daddy' is excited to once again support Cacey and Lola, and all people with hearing loss this Saturday, May 2! In our 7th year participating in the Walk4Hearing, we are going to do things a little differently. Due to existing circumstances, the Westchester/Rockland walk is going virtual this year! Our family will be joining others on an hour Zoom video event and then doing our own walk around our neighborhood. If you can get out with your family and take a walk on Saturday, please send positive vibes to Cacey, Lola and the entire hearing loss community!
Since we are also feeling like it's a tough time to ask people for donations, we are going to postpone fundraising until this summer when our family does a Hike4Hearing (more information to come in July)! All donations will go directly to the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and its Westchester chapter (HLAA Westchester). If you really feel like you can and would like to give now (even $5), we will not turn you away. We have appreciated the love and support you have given our family over the years and with your help, team 'I Hear You Daddy' has raised over $24K!
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 of the causes and consequences of hearing loss. Money raised from the Walk4Hearing ($16 million to date) supports national and local programs providing critical programs and support services to 48 million Americans.
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 (9) and Lola (6) 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 our family 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.
In a world where 1 in 10 people have some degree of hearing loss, we believe it's time to design a world not just for normal hearing people, but for ALL people. People of all ages are gaining access to and becoming more comfortable wearing hearing aids and cochlear implants thanks to your support. We see this confidence in our community, on social media, and in the news - the hearing loss community wants to be heard!
HOW OUR DONATIONS HELP: To date, the Westchester/Rockland Walk4Hearing has raised nearly $800,000. These funds have provided deserving students with college scholarships, children with hearing aids, help for U.S. soldiers returning from combat with hearing injuries, advocacy at a national level, and government assistance and insurance reimbursement to those in serious needs. National HLAA advocacy has made huge strides! Medicare has expanded coverage for seniors needing hearing aids or cochlear implants. The Infant Hearing Screening Program has been restored due to funding from HLAA. Cell phones are becoming more compatible with hearing aids. And hugely important, they are working with congress to introduce and hopefully pass the Hearing Aid Tax Credit Bill to help people receive tax credits for hearing aids expenditures.
We hope this email finds your family safe and healthy! As always, we appreciate your love and support today, and everyday!
Lindsey, Brian, Cacey & Lola
For more information about HLAA, please visit hearingloss.org.