Whilst whittling a post of thankfulness to offset that childish turkey tantrum, my antique flip phone vibrated a text from Quincy's mom.
"Hi Beard, I'm starting a fundraiser to purchase new cochlear implants for Quincy. Let me know if you have ideas on how we can reach our goal."
I asked permission to pen this post, she obliged.
Are you thankful for simple gifts like eyesight and hearing? I took them for granted until recently.
Pigtails and I joined Big Brothers Big Sisters in July. We wished to commit to an organization that positively impacts young lives. BBBS pairs a Big with a Little, we meet for several hours a month for years, offering encouragement as the Little grows up.
Daughter and I are privileged to be paired with a little man named Quincy. He's in first grade and smiles a lot. He lost a shoe in the lake feeding stale bread to geese last time we met. The sound processor of his cochlear implant flew off when he and Pigtails were doing cartwheels at a football game a couple months ago. We somehow recovered the wet shoe and processor. I gave him a noogie and said his mom will kill me if we continue losing stuff. He laughed.
Quincy was born deaf. His mom says he didn't make a sound his first year of life. Cochlear implant surgery changed that, miraculous you could say, now he speaks and hears well. Although the computers and microphones and high tech bits of the system means he interprets sound differently than you and me.
There's a new type of sound processor (the banana-shaped module that clips behind the ear) available that could improve Quincy's hearing by 30%. Cost is $18,000. Insurance doesn't kick in any cash, since he already has implants they say are "good enough."
Let's help Quincy with a new pair of ears! His mother is accepting donations, please click here if you'd like to learn more and contribute.
I will match funds that readers give now through the end of this year. Leave a comment below or e-mail me at BeardandPigtails@gmail.com with the amount you contributed on the above link. I'll keep a running tab and write a check December 31.
Blog break until next week, have a great Thanksgiving.