Hello Family & Friends!
On Sunday, May 15, our family will join the Westchester/Rockland Walk4Hearing to support Cacey, Lola and the hearing loss community for our 9th year! We are so excited for 'I Hear You Daddy' to get back out IN-PERSON at FDR Park!
WHY WE WALK
As many of you know, we support the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and Walk4Hearing because our daughters, Cacey (11) and Lola (8) were both born with bilateral, sensorineural hearing loss. We participate in the Walk with thousands of people across the country who understand what it's like to live with hearing loss. Walk4Hearing is about raising awareness, sharing an experience, connecting with the community and promoting hearing health.
CACEY & LOLA UPDATES
Cacey is finishing up her last year of elementary school and will be heading to a much larger learning environment - middle school! She is keeping us all busy on the weekends playing on two town softball leagues and currently holding down shortstop and catcher. She enjoys playing violin and was selected to join several other peers in Darien for a special orchestra concert this spring. Cacey continues to excel in reading and writing, devouring books and writing up a storm. Her hearing has remained stable and we are constantly in awe of how well she does with a severe-to-profound loss. Her new Bluetooth, rechargeable Phonak Marvel hearing aids will arrive any day now. She is super excited for the latest technology! We are very proud of Cacey as she navigates growing up with hearing loss while providing guidance to her little sister.
Lola is finishing up 3rd grade and is also beginning a bright softball career! She keeps us smiling each day with her humor, inquisitive nature and wild dance moves. Lola is a veracious reader, a true lover of art, nature and animals and a great friend to all. She has begun playing the violin this year and is quickly honing her skills. Lola continues to surprise us with her ability to hear even the smallest of sounds. It's remarkable for someone with severe hearing loss. She and Cacey are new hamster parents as we welcomed 'Sir Hammy' to the family this year. We are proud to report they are excellent caretakers and are both looking forward to summer vacation!
Of course, not all days are puppies and rainbows. Many can be tough. There are a lot of doctors appointments. Mental fatigue sets in at the end of each day after working hard to listen, lip read and focus. Hearing aids get turned off to drone out noise when it's too much. They are constantly saying 'what' as others can get frustrated when not heard. School is becoming more complex. And the future remains unpredictable with many societal factors that can't be controlled. But man, what a gift this all has been. Cacey and Lola can advocate for themselves. They are empathetic to others. They are confident. They are optimistic. And they have an opportunity to stretch the norms, change perceptions and help others thrive! New challenges will always arise but we have seen changes in attitudes and policies that tell us Cacey and Lola will continue to be supported in their education, workplaces and communities.
HOW DOES YOUR DONATION MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
As in years past, we have allocated all team funds to go directly to HLAA and its Westchester chapter. 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, healthcare and employment.
FUNDRAISING & WALK INFORMATION
We have greatly appreciated your generosity over the years and with your help, 'I Hear You Daddy' has raised over $31K! 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. Lastly, if you want to walk with us on May 15, meet us at FDR Park in Yorktown Heights, NY, parking lot #4. Registration starts at 11AM, the Walk at 12:15PM.
As always, we appreciate your love and support today, and every day!
Lindsey, Brian, Cacey & Lola