Anna’s 10,000-mile journey…

Dia Dhuit (Hello in Irish) Friend!

I am writing to tell you about my daughter Anna’s 10,000-mile journey.

One day, when Anna was five months old, I walked into her room and she jumped with surprise. This seemed unusual because I was talking to her as I entered. I was not talking softly and Anna was extremely shocked by my appearance. She did not hear me coming.

A few months later we scheduled a routine hearing test, one that every child gets. When the doctor told us Anna was profoundly deaf in both ears my heart sank.  The news changed our lives forever.  No one in our family, or any of our friends in Ireland, was deaf or hard of hearing. I had so many questions. I had no answers, and no real way to help my daughter. I knew a challenging road lay ahead. 

I needed to be proactive so one day my daughter could hear me say “I love you.” Anna underwent surgery for a Cochlear Implant, a device that allows people born profoundly deaf the ability to hear. The medical procedure is the beginning of a process that requires much rehabilitation, knowledge, and support.  Then another obstacle stood in our way. Ireland only allowed one Cochlear Implant for each child who is deaf and hard of hearing. I was now in a fight against my country to change the policy so Anna could have the two implants she needed.

After a tumultuous battle and a successful campaign called Our New Ears, Anna was able to receive her second implant. However, the device is only the first step in the complex process of helping a child with hearing loss.

Along our journey, a friend recommended we reach out to John Tracy Clinic (JTC). Rooted in Los Angeles, JTC is valued around the world for its approach to helping young children gain listening and language skills, as well as speech.

Ireland is approximately 5,000 miles away from L.A., but something inside me knew we had to go. Anna was now five years old, and her language was minimal. Anna was in desperate need of Auditory Verbal Therapy (AVT), because our country did not offer this vital service and we could get this and more at JTC.

When we walked through the doors at John Tracy Clinic, I was worried about Anna’s future. I feared she would be left behind, unable to learn and communicate with other children. Time is valuable and limited when a child is diagnosed with hearing loss. It was crucial that I learned how to help my child sooner than later.

John Tracy Clinic empowers parents so they can guide their child through their journey. After attending John Tracy Clinic’s International Preschool Session I let go of my guilt and gained the necessary skills and resources to help my daughter learn to listen and speak.  We were provided with the education and courage to continue our journey. I walked out the door feeling confident and prepared to help my daughter succeed.

John Tracy Clinic helped me become a stronger mother. I left with the tools to help Anna develop language and listening skills. We believe in JTC, and know what a vital resource it is for families and young children with hearing loss.

You and I value the power of communication and being heard. You can honor your values and take action by donating to John Tracy Clinic. Contributing $50 or more will help families like ours tackle the challenges of hearing loss. By giving to JTC, you will impact the lives of young children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

John Tracy Clinic is so much more than a place that parents go to help their children; it is a movement.

Because of individual donations like yours, Anna is on her way to a brighter future. The professionals at John Tracy Clinic offer hope, guidance, and encouragement for parents every step of the way.

You can provide hope as well. You can be a part of JTC’s movement and help create miracles every day with your donations. Remember time is of the essence for young children with hearing loss.

Your donation is needed now more than ever. I ask you to give the gift of hope by clicking on the button below.

Your generous gift of $25, $50, $100, or more will help build a foundation for families to nurture their child’s needs. Your contribution allows John Tracy Clinic the capacity to provide valuable education to families for years to come.

Today, Anna is thriving! She is eight years old and loves to read, dance, and swim, she is confident and brave and has no limits. Just the other day she surprisingly said “Dia Dhuit” to her school principal. Although Irish is routinely taught in schools, only 1% of the population actually speaks Irish fluently. Which means, Anna is now learning to communicate not only from us, but from the outside world, as well.

From the bottom of my heart, and all the way from Ireland, thank you for your compassion and taking the time today to give to John Tracy Clinic!

With gratitude,

 

Lorraine Murphy

Mother of Anna Murphy

 

P.S.  Your gift is unique and meaningful. Please consider that John Tracy Clinic is a private, non-profit organization that relies on the financial support of our friends and donors so we can provide our services to children in need.

P.S.S. Please give as generously as you can. There are thousands of children just like Anna who will benefit from your donation.

Your Gift Will Provide:

$25        Provides one child with classroom supplies in our Preschool

$50         Funds one lesson for a family in our Worldwide Parent Education Program

$100       Provides one child with an individual speech therapy session

$500       Gives two children comprehensive audiological evaluations

$1,000     Supports one week of participation for one family in a JTC Summer Session

$2,500     Provides one year of new books and supplies for JTC’s Preschool classroom

$3,500     Funds six months of JTC Parent-Infant Program services for one family

$5,000     Funds one month of Preschool and speech therapy for one child

$25,000   Funds half a year of Preschool and speech therapy for one child

Gifts of $500 and above will be honored on our lobby marquee and website for thousands of thankful families to see.  All gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law and will be recognized in the year they are received.

Help us extend a beacon of hope for families like the Murphy’s well into the future by remembering the children in your estate plan.  For planned giving opportunities, please contact JTC’s Chief Development Officer, Kimberlee Jones, at 213.748.5481 ext.229 or kjones@jtc.org.

Thank You!