BENEFITING: Hearing Health Foundation
ORGANIZER: Hearing Health Foundation
EVENT DATE: Nov 02, 2014
Last year I ran my first marathon. Not such a big deal, except that before August of last year, I had never run more than 3 miles. I ran the 2013 NYC Marathon in support of research for a cure for hearing loss for my 5 year old daughter, Marlowe, who was born deaf. The finisher's medal hangs in her room. I don't think I'm ever getting it back.
So I'm running this year to get one for myself. And I'm running it for you too. I'm running for everyone who grew up listening to music dialed up to 11. And who talked on the phone with their best friend for hours. For college memories of stumbling out of clubs in the middle of the night with your ears still ringing. For dancing til you're a mess. For kids growing up singing into a hairbrush, having big broadway dreams. For anyone whose Abuelita talked less and less at the dinner table, as time took away her hearing. For everyone who ever loved a drummer. For entire summers remembered by what was on the radio. For backyard crickets and sharing whispers. For everybody who will still love the '93 Lollapalooza headliners when they're 93.
This Spring I had an ear infection that left me barely able to hear out of one ear for over a month. The feeling was maddening. I was terrified that I had permanent damage. My ear recovered, but that extended glimpse of hearing loss was a lightbulb moment. My support of HHF's Hearing Restoration Project isn't just because I want Marlowe to hear my voice, it's because I never want to stop hearing hers.