Our 2018 Summer Recap

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It has been a busy and productive summer. Between Memorial Day and this past Labor Day weekend, I have traveled over 2,500 miles (not on my bike!) and had over a dozen events.

We sponsored 5 minor league baseball events in PA, MD, TN and NC and were joined at those games by nearly 600 supporters. An estimated 160 of these ballgame guests used cochlear implants.

Since almost Day One of our charity, various chapters of Rotary International have been sponsors of our cause. I was privileged to address 3 of their chapters during August speaking to over 180 Rotarians. In all three presentations I was accompanied with local cochlear implant surgeons (Dr. John Little in Knoxville, and Dr. Howard Francis in the two events in North Carolina) Each of these clubs expressed tremendous appreciation for our joint presentations.

During my week-long trip to Tennessee & North Carolina, I have the special opportunity to visit 4 significant hospitals that provide cochlear implant surgeries, rehab and remapping support (Vanderbilt, University of Tennessee, University of North Carolina and Duke). In addition to the honor of meeting with 7 CI surgeons, altold I met with over 50 professional CI staff members and audiologists during these visits.

Mingled in this past summer we made presentations to chapters of Sertoma and QUOTA as well as gatherings with the Bionic Ear Association.

Sarah Jane Dunaway