March 15, 2016
BENEFITING: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
ORGANIZER: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
EVENT: 2016 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 18, 2016
The Librarian on the Run is back! On April 18th, I am running the Boston Marathon as a member of Team Eye and Ear. Having previously run in 2008 & 2009, I couldn’t be prouder to raise money to advance the inspiring work of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Since its inception in 2006, Team Eye and Ear has raised more than $3.6 million to support the hospital’s exceptional clinical care and ground-breaking research.
I suffer from hearing loss due to severe tinnitus. Hearing loss is an invisible disability and can be extremely isolating and exhausting. Tinnitus is a 24/7 symphony of bells, whistles & crackling static noises that vary in volume and pitch; in other words, I never experience silence. Even with my hearing aids, it takes a lot of mental energy to participate in conversations; especially in group settings. It takes time for my brain to adjust to new voices or voices I don’t hear too frequently, and this can be frustrating for both parties. My hearing loss and tinnitus have affected every aspect of my life and not a day goes by that I don’t wonder what communication barriers will be present.
Mass Eye and Ear is truly a special place. I have been helped enormously by the care and expertise of Mass Eye and Ear’s doctors, nurses and staff. Each year more than 200,000 people from 80 countries seek care at Mass Eye and Ear and I can say from experience that it really does change lives. In addition to being a world leader in treating people with vision, hearing, voice and balance problems as well as cancer of the head, neck and eye, Mass Eye and Ear is home to the world’s largest vision and hearing research programs.
Our team fundraising goal is $500,000 and I have committed to a personal goal of raising at least $10,000. Every dollar raised from every team member goes directly towards research and I have chosen to direct my funds towards Mass Eye and Ear’s Tinnitus Research Center. I hope you join me in supporting Mass Eye and Ear by making a gift today.