On April 20, 2020 I will be running the Boston Marathon as a member of Team Eye and Ear, a group of dedicated runners who are raising money to advance the truly inspiring work of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear.
Mass. Eye and Ear is a special place. Personally, I have suffered from hearing loss throughout my life and have been helped enormously by the care and expertise of Mass. Eye and Ear's doctors. When I was in elementary school I was first diagnosed with hearing loss at ME&E. It wasn't until my early 20s that I realized that my hearing loss had become severe over time. I returned to ME&E and was diagnosed with Otosclerosis in both ears. Otosclerosis is a heredity condition that effects the bones in the middle ear and causes hearing loss. I underwent Stapendectomy surgery in each each ear, these surgeries replaced my stapes bones with prosthetics. I am so grateful to the doctors and staff at ME&E since these successful surgeries corrected my hearing to normal ranges. I can't properly describe the emotions I felt after my hearing was restored, I had been missing out on so much! One morning this summer after 20 years of normal hearing I woke up and could not hear out of my left ear. I returned to ME&E and learned that one of my prosthetics was detached. A few weeks later I underwent a successful revision surgery. My life would not be the same if it were not for the treatment I received.
Each year more than 300,000 people (including many children) from 80 countries seek the care of Mass. Eye and Ear doctors and I can say from my experience they really do change lives.
I have commited to a personal goal of raising at least $10,000. I hope that you can join me in supporting Mass Eye and Ear by making a gift today.