It has been a dream of mine to run the TCS New York City Marathon. My dream has come true and it gets better - I’m running for my son, Finn’s alma mater, the Clarke School! I am raising money and awareness for this amazing institution who has given my son the gift of hearing and speech!
As you may or may not know, my son has a bilateral hearing loss prompted by an inner ear malfunction. He was diagnosed late at the age of 3 ½ but it hasn’t stopped Finn because we found the Clarke School. We consulted with an audiologist after failing the pediatrician’s test who discovered our son had a “cookie bite” hearing loss which meant he could not hear in the high frequency range. We were shocked to find he had a severe to profound loss in his left ear and a mild to moderate loss in his right. After researching on-line about this specific hearing loss, I found the Clarke School which coincidentally is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and in our neighborhood. I spoke with the Director, Meredith Berger who brought me in immediately and she was able to welcome Finn as a student less than a month after the devastating news.
Finn thrived at Clarke. His teachers and speech therapists taught Finn to advocate for himself. They taught him to speak up. They gave him the confidence and independence needed in a mainstream world. Finn is now happily heading to 1st grade at Saint Stephen of Hungary School. He is progressing along well with his fellow classmates who think he is a “superhero” since he now has super hearing thanks to his wonderful hearing aids!
I am running for an amazing institution. Please go to my crowdrise page and support the Clarke School for Hearing and Speech. Your gift, big or small, will go towards making a child with hearing loss dreams come true. My goal is to raise $2,500. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
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