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Team Eye and Ear Boston 2017

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April 16, 2017

A big thanks to all of you who donated, supporting the wonderful work at Mass Eye and Ear. I'm both excited and nervous to run tomorrow. Just  See more
Ed Hight

THE STORY:

In 1988, Little Eddie was born profoundly deaf. At that time, no hearing restoration technologies were yet approved by the FDA, but luck would soon strike. In 1991, the FDA approved the Cochlear Implant for children ages 2 or older, and Eddie’s parents would soon make the scariest decision of their lives-- to implant their child with the CI with the chance and hope that he would at least hear some sounds. Nobody knew that Little Eddie would soon be able to understand speech and even be able to effectively communicate with his hearing peers!

I would like to share a video that showing one of the most special moments of my life: hearing my mother’s voice for the first time through the Cochlear Implant. (Little Eddie, yes that’s me in the video, see left!)

Motivated by the gift of hearing that I myself received, I am now PhD student at Harvard and study auditory neuroscience. On April 17th, I will be running the Boston Marathon while fundraising for the kind of research that brought the miracle of the Cochlear Implant! Helen Keller, who would have preferred blindness over deafness, once said “the problems of deafness are deeper and more complex, if not more important than those of blindness.” It took a long time for me to understand what Ms. Keller meant, but today I understand that she meant that communication with people is one of the most precious forms of human privileges we have.

Hearing may seem natural for most, but hearing is tool (very effective) for communication. Hearing, however, is not yet immune. Hearing loss has been reported by almost 50 million Americans (20%) and significantly affects the aging population- 1 in 3 adults over 65 experience some level of hearing loss. To understand and develop therapies for preserving and restoring hearing, basic and translational scientific research is critical and full of challenges. However, these challenges are surmountable with the continued support and inspired work of scientists, engineers, clinicians, and staff. It has been an honor working alongside these amazing individuals, I have been and continue to be touched. I am confident that their work will be fruitful for people across the world. Please consider donating to Team Eye and Ear and support this mission.

Thank you and good luck,

-Ariel Edward Hight

 

 

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Massachusetts Eye and Ear clinicians and scientists are driven by a mission to find cures for blindness, deafness and diseases of the head and neck.

Each year almost 300,000 people - adults and children - from more than 80 countries seek care at Mass. Eye and Ear and more than 20,000 of them undergo life-changing surgery.

Mass. Eye and Ear is home to the world's largest vision and hearing research centers, offering hope and healing to patients everywhere through discovery and innovation. As a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, Mass. Eye and Ear trains future medical leaders in ophthalmology and otolaryngology through our highly competitive residency and fellowship programs.

Mass. Eye and Ear is ranked #1 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

$7,810

MONEY RAISED
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  • Ed Hight (Registration Fee)

    $100

  • Christopher Long

     

  • Betty Rocci

    $250

  • Heidi Nakajima

    $100

  • Lukas Landegger

     

  • Elliott Kozin

    $26.20

  • Jennifer Zuk

    $25

  • Darcy

    $25

  • Nicole Black

    $20

  • Ariel Yeh

     

  • Dana & Michael

     

  • Andrew Ayoob

    $25

  • Maura Eggink

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Chris Brown

    $250

  • Anonymous

     

  • John Guinan

    $100

  • Malinda McPherson

    $25

  • Dianna Sands

    $100

  • The McKinnon's

    $25

  • Kirk Rhein

    $50

  • Jason Jonovski

    $100

  • Wei

    $25

  • Kelsie Watson

    $25

  • Michelle (Kizaur) Srivastava

     

  • Shelley Wehmeyer

    $25

  • Rachel Romeo

    $25

  • Salwa

     

  • Lee Liu

    $25

  • Sara Beach

    $20

  • Kevin and KellyAnn

     

  • Ross Williamson

    $100

  • Kim

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Kirk Rhein

    $50

  • Jayaganesh Swaminathan

     

  • karthik gopalakrishnan

     

  • El May Family

     

  • Barb Shinn-Cunningham

     

  • James

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Vivek Kanumuri

    $250

  • Steve McI

    $25

  • Nhi

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Uncle Al and Aunt Cyn

    $250

  • Claire Schenkel

    $25

  • Robin

    $10

  • Jessica Sagers

    $25

  • Gigi Hight

    $50

  • Xiankai Meng

     

  • Tiff Otero and Sam Barber aka STIFF

     

  • Aly Kaplan

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jan

     

  • Joe and Jenny

     

  • Marty and Linda Carrow

    $50

  • Andrew Landau

     

  • Michael

    $25

  • Alice

    $25

  • Cyril

    $25

  • Sharon Kujawa

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • J. Nadol

    $100

  • Harvey Fletcher

    $50

  • Maxence

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Andrea

    $25

  • Barbara Beckman-Beard

     

  • David

    $25

  • Marc-Joseph Antonini

    $25

  • Wells

    $25

  • Leslie

     

  • Judith Kempfle and Daniel Lee

    $200

  • Dan Polley

    $100

  • Joe Rocci

    $100

  • Barb Herrmann

     

  • mama "trish" Hight

    $100

  • Marie Ortega

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Sunil Puria

    $100

  • Lisa

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Aunt Cyn and Uncle Al

    $250

  • Justin

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Daniel Polley

    $100

  • Decibel Therapeutics

    $500

  • Jon Sellon

     

  • Merritt C. Brown

    $594

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98% Raised of $8,000 Goal

The Team: $652,453 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Jessica Schmitz

Amount Raised

$52,209

 

104% Raised of $50,000 Goal

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Sally Reiley

Amount Raised

$31,743

 

159% Raised of $20,000 Goal

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Matthew Weinstein

Amount Raised

$31,738

 

159% Raised of $20,000 Goal

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Robert Knapp

Amount Raised

$25,800

 

103% Raised of $25,000 Goal

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Paul Herrick

Amount Raised

$18,736

 

101% Raised of $18,500 Goal

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Michael Cannistraro

Amount Raised

$18,109

 

91% Raised of $20,000 Goal

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B Papadakis

Amount Raised

$17,038

 

114% Raised of $15,000 Goal

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Grace MacDonald Shannon Smith

Amount Raised

$16,280

 

102% Raised of $16,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Merritt C. Brown

Merritt C. Brown

DONATION: $594

2 years ago

Jon Sellon

Jon Sellon

2 years ago

Decibel Therapeutics

Decibel Therapeutics

DONATION: $500

2 years ago

Daniel Polley

Daniel Polley

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

Donated by Pooja 2 years ago

Justin

Justin

2 years ago

Aunt Cyn and Uncle Al

Aunt Cyn and Uncle Al

DONATION: $250

You made it! Congratulations! I'm sorry the weather wasn't cooler for you. 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Lisa

Lisa

DONATION: $25

That video brought tears to my eyes. So proud of you Eddie!!! Yes you will always be Eddie to me. 2 years ago