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Macy's Fundraiser for Clarke School for Hearing and Speech

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Macy Rice

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This fundraiser is in support of the Clarke School for Hearing and Speech in Jacksonville. My daughter, Macy, was born with a condition called Auditory Neuropathy. Auditory neuropathy is a hearing disorder in which sound enters the inner ear normally but the transmission of signals from the inner ear to the brain is impaired. The number of people affected by auditory neuropathy is not known, but the condition is rare. She started out with hearing aids and wore them for a year and a half. No progression was made. In 2014, we decided to do cochlear implants. Unsure of our decision, we felt like this was our only choice. We prayed each and every day that this decision was right. We toured 2 schools and decided to move to Jacksonville this past January so Macy could attend the Clarke School for Hearing and Speech. Macy started school in February of this year. I have never seen a kid progress in spoken language in such a short period of time. Before we moved, Macy would not wear her implants at all. She would scream and cry if she even saw them. As a mother, all I could think was I made the wrong decision. After we moved to Jacksonville, I received services from a Nemours Audiologist that was so great with helping us with this obstacle. We went back to using one implant and reintroduced the second one in 4 months. Macy now wears her implants every day and only takes them off in the car. This school is amazing and thankfully the county funds Macys tuition. It costs 35,000 every year for 1 kid to attend. At the beginning of the school year, the school applied for grants to build a new playground. The school was turned down. They are still trying to pull some strings. Many of my family and friends know Macy and know her personality. She is quite the character. So I ask you, do you have an extra 10 cents you can donate? It doesn't take much and I'm not asking for a lot! Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you have a blessed day!

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