“Walk4Hearing” to Raise Awareness and Money to Support People with Hearing Loss

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Chances are you or someone you know is affected by hearing loss. It’s time to STEP UP!

Hundreds of people of all ages, across the hearing loss spectrum, will be walking to raise awareness of hearing loss and to raise funds to provide information and support for people with hearing loss on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at Marina Green Park (between Shoreline Village Drive and Linden Avenue) Long Beach, CA. Check-in is at 9:00 a.m. and the walk starts at 10:00 a.m. for a 5K (3.1 miles) walk.

The Hearing Loss Association of America’s Walk4Hearing is a nationally coordinated effort to increase awareness about the causes and consequences of hearing loss. Since 2006, the Walk4Hearing has become the largest series of walks of its kind, with walks taking place in cities across the United States. Nationwide goal is a cool $1,300,000.

Examples of local uses of Walk4Hearing Funds are: captioning and hearing assistive technology at HLAA chapter meetings to make them accessible; scholarships toward college tuition for students with hearing loss; funding for hearing aids and devices for people who cannot afford them; installation of hearing assistive technology in public places, such as community rooms and public libraries; captioning of live theater productions; seminars on coping with hearing loss for families.

Donations are accepted by going online at www.walk4hearing.org and selecting your walk location. The Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter’s (www.hlalongbeachlakewood.org) team is “Beach Bums” or you may send your tax deductible donation under IRS 501c3 non-profit status to Walt Lowrie, Treasurer, 5072 Fanwood, Lakewood, CA 90713.

One in ten Americans experiences hearing loss. That’s 36 million people who need information and support to cope with mild to profound hearing loss in a world full of sound.

Hearing Loss Association of America (www.hearingloss.org) is a nationwide network of 200 chapters providing personal support and 14 state organizations advocating for expanded state services. Support for parents of children with hearing loss is at www.kidsandhearingloss.org. Social networking site for young adults with hearing loss is at www.hearinglossnation.org. California State website is at www.hearinglossca.org.

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