Welcome!I am so happy you are here to read my story. I was born profoundly Deaf under the diagnosis of sensory neural hearing loss. Doctors diagnosed me when I was 2 years old and I received my first implant at 3 years old. I went to Sunshine Cottage School for the Deaf in San Antonio, Texas, it is there where I learned how to listen and speak. I was provided with tools to build my skills that allowed me to mainstream into public school with no special assistance after first grade. Throughout these years, I bounced around between all of the different sports and organizations to find my passions. I never felt there was anything I couldn't do. I was accepted into and attended the top fashion university in the world for my major, the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, where I received my bachelors in 2022. I am still living in NYC as a full time Planning Analyst.
"I can try" is a quote I have said ever since I was a young child; when my mother would ask me if I could do something, I would respond with "I can try". That is what I have done my whole life, tried. Some things I have tried, I have found success in. Other things, not my strong suit... and that's ok because I tried!
Did you know that one in seven Americans are living with hearing loss?
Walk4Hearing is the only nationwide event bringing attention to hearing loss and promoting the importance of hearing health. Hearing is an important part of overall health and Walk4Hearing calls on all of us to take action. By being active, engaged, and making hearing health a priority, people with hearing loss can live well.
Why I’m Stepping Up for Hearing Health
I have been so fortunate with the equipment and education I have been provided by my parents and the support of all of the teachers at Sunshine Cottage. I have partnered donations made to my walk are sent to the Global Foundation of Children with Hearing loss which serves low/middle income countries to provide hearing healthcare and technology to help children with hearing loss.
Walk4Hearing is about raising awareness, sharing an experience, connecting with the community and taking the first step toward better hearing health. Participating in the Walk means joining thousands of people across the country and right in our neighborhoods who understand what it’s like to live with hearing loss.
Can I count on you to step up for hearing health?
With your help, we will empower people to live well by providing vital resources, information, programs and support services. Funds raised support HLAA & the Global Foundation of Children with Hearing Loss.