September 06, 2016
BENEFITING: Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech
ORGANIZER: Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
Call it a comeback?
2011 was the last time I set out to run a marathon event, and it just so happened to be my best year. It was also the same year Cait was born and we learned of her hearing loss. Not so surprising now, running had moved to the back burner and further learning of Cait's loss and focussing on early speech development became a priority.
August 2015 was the first time I would set back out on the road again to run for Clarke in the Falmouth Road Race. It was brutal. Amazing what happens to the body after being so conditioned in the past. In July, just prior to that race we learned of a further loss in Cait's left ear. What had been known as the better of her two ears, now became her worse. Knowing early her loss could be progressive we could only hoped it wouldn't change, but it did.
On October 26 Cait received her cochlear implant. She was activated/ 'turned on' December 5th. With the support from those at Clarke, and of course a little help from mom and dad, the whole experience of surgery and the activation of her processor seemed to be a very smooth transition.
We are almost seven months out from the point of her activation and she only continues to progress in word recognition and development.
Cait will be mainstreaming this coming September; she's moving on to kindergarten. Although nerve racking it is also exciting. Knowing the support from Clarke will still be there makes it somewhat easier for us to handle Cait transitioning. She has done incredible until this point and we can only see great things to come.
As for running NYC (and yes Falmouth again)... well I kind of see this as a way of saying thank you to those who supported us the last five years. Faces come and faces go but the memories and experiences of what we have experienced at Clarke will continue on. While trying to regain a part of my past which I enjoyed so much, I am also trying to use it as a way to pay it forward.
Thank you Clarke for your support and hopefully we'll see you at the finish line.
Additionally, thank you to those taking the time out to read a brief story and donate to/support a great organization.
Clarke Schools wrote...
"When your child is diagnosed with a hearing loss, there is a moment of uncertainty. But then Clarke comes into your life, and you know that it's all going to be okay."
Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech provides children who are deaf or hard of hearing with the listening, learning, and spoken language skills they need to succeed.
On Sunday, November 6th, the 5 members of TEAM CLARKE will take to the streets of New York City. Each runner has committed to raising $2,500 for Clarke. 100% of the donations they receive will provide direct support for the life-changing programs and services Clarke offers for children who are deaf or hard of hearing children and their families.
Support an individual runner and help Clarke open a world of limitless possibilities for the children Clarke serves.