BENEFITING: Hearing Health Foundation
ORGANIZER: Hearing Health Foundation
Years ago, a personal trainer fired me as his client for not being “serious”. But today? Well today I’m still not what anyone would call an “athlete” or a “good runner”. I actually only technically qualify as a “runner”. What do I like best about running? When it's over.
When I first asked the Hearing Health Foundation to apply to be a 2013 NYC Marathon Charity Partner, I had one reason in mind: my daughter, Marlowe.
When Marlowe was one day old, a hospital nurse handed me a pamphlet titled “Can your baby hear you?” She then informed my husband, Brandon, and me that our baby had failed the newborn hearing screening.
In a state of shock, for three months we had her tested and retested. Each time we were reassured that she did in fact have fluid in her ears. We slammed doors. We encouraged the dog to bark. We were overjoyed when a fire truck’s blaring siren woke her from a nap. We were sure it meant her hearing was fine.
We were wrong. At three months old, Marlowe was officially diagnosed with severe permanent hearing loss.
A week later, she was fitted with hearing aids and immediately started speech therapy (which is more like listening therapy at that age). We were determined that she would live in the hearing world and learn to speak rather than use sign language.
That was 4 years ago. Today our little chatterbox attends The Auditory Oral School of New York and will be mainstreamed starting with Kindergarten.
Why am I running a marathon for Hearing Health Foundation? Because we are close to a CURE to permanent hearing loss and Hearing Health Foundation funds scientific research with the goal of finding the cure within ten years. That would be by the time Marlowe is a teenager. That’s also a pretty amazing thing for the rest of us who were born with normal hearing, but have been wearing it away via concerts, clubs and ear buds since adolescence.
Please give what you can to support this cause that means enough to me to run, walk, cry & swear for 26.2 New York City miles on November 3, 2013.