Hi Family & Friends!
In our 8th year of supporting Cacey, Lola and the hearing loss community, 'I Hear You Daddy' is ready once again to join the Walk4Hearing! With current circumstances and the success of last year's virtual event (followed by neighborhood walks), the Walk4Hearing is following this model again. If your family can get out and take a walk on June 12, please send positive vibes and photos to us! If you live locally and want to walk with us, we'd love it!
As many of you know, we support the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and the Walk4Hearing because our daughters, Cacey (10) and Lola (7) were both born with bilateral, sensorineural hearing loss. Over the years, we have been so thankful for programs and services like newborn hearing screenings, early (and continued) intervention from doctors, specialists and schools, federal advocacy progress, and the incredible gift of hearing aid technology. Combining all of this with our remarkable friend and family support system, Cacey and Lola are thriving!
This year has presented a lot of challenges for everyone but for Cacey, Lola and the hearing loss community, it's been exceptionally hard. Masks have made it difficult to hear others and lip read. At the beginning of the year, their teachers and specialists tried four different masks to find the best fit for everyone! Social distancing has brought the girls further away from teachers, peers, friends, and family making it harder to hear them. Remote learning has actually had its challenges and benefits - quiet at home, less distractions but exhausting listening to teachers and peers through a small computer speaker. Listening fatigue has hit hard some days and there are a lot of reminders to slow down and take a break. However, with all of this, they really haven't skipped a beat and have shown incredible resilience. We are so proud of them!
As in years past, we have allocated all team funds to go directly to the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and its Westchester chapter (HLAA Westchester). These organizations/chapters provide resources and direct support to people living with hearing loss and their families. National HLAA advocacy has made huge strides at the federal level in areas of telecommunication, health care, and employment.
We have greatly appreciated your thoughtfulness and generosity over the years and with your help, 'I Hear You Daddy' has raised over $28K! 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.
As always, we appreciate your support and love today, and everyday!
Brian, Lindsey, Cacey & Lola