Hello Family & Friends!
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 11! This is our sixth year participating in the Walk4Hearing, and our team has raised over $21K 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. Money raised from the Walk4Hearing supports national and local programs.
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WHY WE WALK: Our daughters, Cacey (8) and Lola (5) 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.
CACEY UPDATE: Cacey is in second grade and loving it! She continues to amaze us with her reading skills. We have been working on slowing her down so we can hear all of the words! Although Cacey is extremely dependent on her FM mic and lip reading, we are constantly amazed at how well she keeps up. She loves skiing (taking on the woods and small jumps this season), ice skating, softball, lacrosse and art! Cacey is fully independent when it comes to her aids and equipment. She changes her own batteries, puts on/off her receivers at school and home, and speaks up when she can't hear. This year, Cacey was super excited to get purple and pink ear molds with a sea horse and dolphin! Showing them off to her friends and family has been wonderful to see. Cacey's genetic testing results were fairly inconclusive although we are looking a one syndrome where a variation was found. We will do genetic testing for Lola when she's a little bit older to see if she has the same variation. We are so proud of our Beetle! It is so nice to watch her zest for life grow with each day - she is always up for an adventure!
LOLA UPDATE: We were a little nervous about Lola starting kindergarten while still 4 years old. Here we are in April and she is completely rocking it! Her teachers report her as being very chatty with her peers and she is loving everything about school. She went from not reading one day to reading complete sentences the next. We often find her tucked away in a nook around the house with a stack of books. She is now swimming on her own (the crawl seems to be her favorite stroke along with cannonballs and belly flops) and is starting tee ball in a few weeks! She is also very fond of art and music. She continues to advocate for herself while at school and home, letting us know if her battery is dead or her teacher didn't mute her FM mic. She is also practicing putting her hearing aids on by herself, just like her big sister. She is a very sweet, thoughtful, and laid back gal - we are so proud of our Tiny Boo!
ABOUT THE WALK: On Saturday, May 11 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' 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 11!
Thank you so much for your generosity, support, and love today and everyday!
Lindsey, Brian, Cacey & Lola
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