2017 Walk4Hearing, Sept.9th

Louisiana Oaks Park
3520 Louisiana Avenue South
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

The Minneapolis Walk4Hearing Committee is pleased to announce another season for the Walk4Hearing. It’s now time to start thinking about our annual fundraising effort by walking to make a difference in the lives of people with hearing loss.

The National Association has 21 walks across the country and ours is set for Saturday September 9th, 2017. Please note the new location at Louisiana Oaks Park in St. Louis Park, about 4 miles west of the previous location.

Just a reminder that the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and its affiliated chapter here in the Twin Cities is a tax-exempt, charitable organization and is eligible to receive tax deductible contributions under the IRS Code 501 (c)(3).

The committee will be providing literature and further information starting at our Monthly meeting in February. Please mark the date on your calendar and locate your outdoor walking shoes for this event.

Lionel Locke, Secretary HLAA-TC and local Chairman of Walk4Hearing.

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Christine Morgan (President of HLAA Twin Cities), Monique Hammond (Immediate Past President, HLAA-TC) and Kathleen Marin (HLAA-TC member) are featured in a new documentary, “Hearing Loss Matters,” co-produced by Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) and the Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans.

It includes interviews with national experts and everyday Minnesotans learning to cope with the effects of age-related hearing loss. It premiered Oct. 25 on TPT’s MN Channel 2.2 and was simultaneously aired statewide on Minnesota’s PBS stations.

The documentary is focused on issues faced by individuals who experience hearing loss later in life and are used to communicating by listening and using spoken language, not to those who are culturally deaf and primarily communicate using American Sign Language.

The documentary grew out of the work of a task force the commission convened to study age-related hearing loss and healthy aging. The task force was chaired by former Rep. Tom Huntley and commission member John Wodele, both of whom personally experience hearing loss. The task force was made up of health care professionals, consumer organizations, state agencies, the insurance industry and policy makers. The task force concluded its work this summer and made recommendations for addressing this issue.

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Meeting Mother Teresa

A few years ago, a Lion’s member from America was visiting a co- Lion in India. They were out sightseeing when the native of India told the visitor “that’s Mother Teresa’s office, would you like to go see her?” “Is that possible?” So they walked up to the receptionist and asked if they could see Mother Teresa, saying that they were both Lions and one was from America. The secretary said she was in a meeting, but would they like to make an appointment and come back tomorrow and see her? Of course they wanted to, and were thrilled at the rare opportunity.

So the next day the American Lion had a one on one with the grand lady for 15 minutes. This is what she told him. This is exactly what she told him.”The Lions are a wonderful group who help others; this is what I try to do. You are working together to make the world a better place for everyone, this is what I am trying to do.”

Can you imagine Mother Teresa even knowing about the Lions Clubs or what their mission is, or saying she is “trying” to do the same thing they are trying to do? She is the one that everyone else looks up to, and here she had her heroes too. That’s one of the things I loved about her, she didn’t think she was special, and yet she was very special.

There are few alive today who have not heard of Mother Teresa, she was considered holy, special or gifted by all, be it religious or atheist. Everyone respected her, because she was selfless, everything was for the good of her fellow beings, nothing was for her. She played no favorites, no special country, where she chose to offer help, no special people, culture, or religion, gender or illness. She treated each with love and respect, and in turn was loved and respected herself by billions.

This story was told to us by the brother of the Lion who spoke in person to Mother Teresa. At this meeting Bob and I attended there was no CART, no loop, no ALD’s so I asked Bob what had been said. He gave me a quick run down, which made me cry. When we got home, I asked him to tell me the story again in more detail and I cried again. I have always been a great admirer of the wonderful lady.

In today’s world of so much hate, Mother Teresa’s story might renew your belief or faith, that yes even today there are still wonderful people being born or amongst us everyday. Isn’t it our duty to help cultivate people’s faith in humans?

We must strive to communicate even though it’s darn tough with hearing loss.

If Bob had not told me the story of Mother Teresa and the American Lion’s Club member, think how much joyfulness on my part would have been lost. When you feel HLAA TC has offered you everything that you could possibly need, and you think there is really very little left to learn about hearing loss, maybe it’s time to turn the egg and be the motivator or the leader like Mother Teresa.


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