• Personal Stories

    Louise Allen
    Member, Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter
    2011 Long Beach Walk4Hearing

    My friend Frankie Hillman joined us on the beautiful at the Long Beach Marina for the Walk4Hearing on June 5.  Frankie is 98 years old and uses a wheelchair, but her niece and niece’s husband pushed her the entire course and Frankie enjoyed it to no end!

     

     

     

    Cherie Alvarez
    Member, Santa Barbara Chapter
    2011 Long Beach Walk4Hearing

    My family and I participated in the Long Beach Walk4Hearing this year, we made up Team Got Hearing….Loss? There were 11 members of my extended family on our team, including my husband and our twin 8-yr old daughters. Both my mom and I have a hearing loss and are members of the Santa Barbara chapter. We are so excited that we exceeded our fundraising goal by almost $300 and will be bringing in $1,100 for our chapter from this walk. The day of the walk was absolutely perfect. The weather couldn’t have been any better. It was so exciting being a part of this. I felt on top of the world walking with so many other people who are also hard of hearing. This walk is something I’ve wanted to do for several years. It impacted me more than I thought it would. I still feel the glow of this day when I wake up each morning. After the walk, our family hung out by the marina, we had lunch, and then walked around some more. It was so cool doing this with our matching team shirts on, telling the world around us about what we did that day. It was an awesome day!!

    Katherine Burns
    President, Los Angeles Chapter
    2011 Long Beach Walk4Hearing

    I’m the president of HLA-Los Angeles. Danny Tubbs, my hearing husband, is not only the “First Dude,” but also Treasurer of the chapter. He puts in a lot of time and effort into his duties and supports me fully in all things related to hearing loss. Danny was one of the chief drum-bangers and cheerleaders of the Walk4Hearing in Southern California. He not only put in months of work before the walk, working closely with Ronnie and Rebecca to keep things organized and flowing smoothly, but also started soliciting donations early. He sent emails to every friend and family member on his Facebook account, as well as business associates. He began each email with “My wife Katherine has a hearing loss….”.  He not only raised funds, but also awareness of the “invisible” disability–hearing loss. By the time of the walk, Danny  was one of the top earners (over $2,000) and received this plaque. But he deserved just as much for the time and effort he put into the walk. Last year Danny received the 2010 Family Involvement award from HLAA. I think this year he earned it all over again!

    Alicia Fernandez
    Member, Los Angeles Chapter
    2011 Long Beach Walk4Hearing

    First, my family and I saw the tents and balloons. Our 4 year old daughter started running towards the group of people. As my husband, Michael, and I walked up, we saw the crowd. It got bigger and bigger–larger than last time. It became individuals chatting and laughing. There were dogs, kids and all the colors of t-shirts of different teams. We saw the familiar faces and the huge smiles, and there was handshakes, but more than anything hugs, hugs, and more hugs and more laughter–so much laughter. People from other chapters, other cities, from across the state, even across the country, the sponsor tables, the AB monkeys, painted faces, the free breakfast and water. The long line for the bathroom where people let kids go first because they were so gracious. All this was about us, and all for us. We walked for each other and we walked for those we loved. We talked and talked: “Isn’t this great? Isn’t the weather perfect?” Those who could not come gave what they could: their support, their time and maybe some money. Yes, the money is important; yes, the money is essential. But what touches the heart is that for a sparkling day in Long Beach the invisible challenge of hearing loss took center stage. To all of you who helped make that happen: we can never thank you enough.

    David Landsberger
    Adjunct Scientist, House Research Institute
    2011 Long Beach Walk4Hearing

    We had a fabulous time at the 2011 Long Beach Walk4Hearing event. At the House Research Institute, we depend on many of the hearing impaired individuals participating in the event for our research. Therefore, we strongly feel that is important to show support for the community that constantly supports us and our work. Furthermore, as researchers studying hearing impairment and how it effects the lives of people, we can better understand the issues and problems as well as the triumphs and strengths of the hearing impaired community by participating in the community.  This is why the House Research Institute Walk4Hearing team was formed. We are eagerly looking forward to participating in the Walk4Hearing next time.

    Arlene Patton
    Member, Los Angeles Chapter
    2011 Long Beach Walk4Hearing


    My grandsons Eric and Marquise joined me at the lovely, cool Long Beach Marina for the Walk4Hearing. My dear friend, Ruthann, joined me in walking for about a mile. Both of my grandsons walked to the lighthouse area and passed out water to those who needed it. I experienced such joy watching all of these people walking for this invisible disability. A special thanks to those who graciously contributed funds.