Something that many people don’t know about me is that both of my parents are deaf. It’s one of those things I don’t typically share off the bat because, why? And, it’s just not a “thing”, it’s apart of our lives as much as handedness or any other asinine life things. Not that it isn’t important, but it’s just been apart of my life forever and I don’t necessarily feel like its anything outside of the norm at this point.
“Hearing impairment” is a real-life diagnosis for every 2-3 babies per 1,000 that are born in the United States; according to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. This diagnosis is a real thing for so many families and comes with an unbelievable gaggle of intervention services and needs that can be astronomical in cost and emotional response to bear.
As a cause that is near and dear to my heart, I am privileged to preview the From Here to Hear 5k presented by Eclectic Edge Racing and the Eugene Speech and Hearing Center. On Saturday, August 23 at 8:30 a.m. racers will line up at the Riverbend Annex in Springfield, OR. to run to raise funds for the Eugene Speech and Hearing Center and will be run in honor of Karlie Geiser Hobson a fellow runner who passed in 2012. She was a speech pathologist at this center and an organizer of this race.
If you find yourself in the Eugene area and are looking to get a run in, please consider this great local race for a great cause!
From Here to Hear 5k
When: Saturday, August 23 at 8:30 a.m.
Where: Riverbend Annex, Springfield, OR. — Course Map
Registration: $35 with tech shirt, $25 without tech shirt, $30 “sleep-in” option with tech shirt (donation), price increases across the board by $5 after August 16, including day of the race.