Thursday, October 1, 2015
At the groundbreaking ceremony, we saw so many key people that have helped the girls along the way. Dr. Wood, the surgeon who performed the CI surgeries on both girls. Joanna Smith, the HforH current CEO, was Taylor's first speech pathologist/auditory verbal therapist and was really the first person that gave us hope that Taylor would listen and talk someday. She came to hospital and checked on us as Taylor was beginning her bilateral CI surgery at 14 months, fully expecting that our family could use some comfort and reassurance. Tami Elder, our current auditory verbal therapist, was there along with her family members. Tami has been Taylor and Lauren's AVT for so many years now; she's practically a family member. We also saw some old friends who we had started the journey with - a mom with a son around Taylor's age, whom we had gotten to know at the Listening to Littles 2-year old weekly class that Hearts for Hearing sponsored. Dr. Jace Wolfe, a brilliant audiologist and researcher, has done our cochlear implant mapping for years now; my girls think he is just a regular goofy dad who can help them with their "ears."
The groundbreaking ceremony was an amazing moment for Hearts for Hearing, an organization that truly transformed lives for so many families, including mine. I'm so thankful for them and will do everything that I can to help the organization continue to progress.