Run to Hear is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation founded by a group of teenagers–all of whom are profoundly deaf and hear with the help of cochlear implants. The organization holds an annual 5K fun run with the goal of raising money not just for cochlear implant assistance, but also to help deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals access whatever services and equipment they need, regardless of their ability to pay.
Begun in 2011, Run to Hear held its inaugural 5K run/walk at the Texas School for the Deaf in Austin, Texas on June 25th of that year. Our beneficiary was the Colorado Neurological Institute’s Cochlear Implant Assistance Program, which assists hearing impaired individuals anywhere in the United States who have no insurance and who may not qualify for government assistance programs obtain a cochlear implant. Through a cooperative effort of the three cochlear implant manufacturers, Cochlear Americas, Advanced Bionics and MED-EL, as well as a team of dedicated medical professionals, this program is able to assist qualified candidates needing cochlear implants.
The 2011 Run to Hear raised $11,000, which went toward helping a 16-year-old Amish girl in Iowa obtain a cochlear implant. The event was successful beyond our wildest hopes, not only as a fundraiser, but also as a remarkable growth opportunity for the teens who came up with the idea and saw it through to completion. The kids, who call themselves The Deaf Club, were so excited about what they were able to accomplish that they decided to do the 5K again, and make it an annual event.
Last year, the Run to Hear 5K was held at Lake Pflugerville Park in Pflugerville, Texas on June 23,2012 and we had four funding recipients: Any Baby Can/Children’s Hearing Aid Texas (CHAT) Program; The Dallas Hearing Foundation; the Colorado Neurological Institute’s Cochlear Implant Assistance Program; and the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s Hearing Angel Program. The 2012 5K was a tremendous success, with more participants, more volunteers, and more corporate sponsorship and fundraising. We are already enthusiastically planning next year’s event.
The Deaf Club and their families thank you for your interest and we hope you’ll join us as we continue to grow and improve the Run to Hear 5K in 2013!
2012 Run to Hear T-Shirts FOR SALE!
T-shirts from the 2012 Run to Hear 5K are still available in Small, Large, and Extra Large sizes. To order, send a check for $25.00 per shirt to Run to Hear, 1801 Lavaca Street #8CD, Austin, Texas 78701 along with your mailing address and size information.
Run to Hear, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. Donations are tax deductible. EID# 45-3775418