Nov 19, 2012

Giving Thanks and a New Pair of Ears

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.

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Blog break until next week, have a great Thanksgiving.

-Beard

42 comments:

  1. Love that you will match my very small donation of $10. Good luck to your 'little brother'.

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    1. Your 10 bucks will become 20, thanks Marsha!

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  2. Donated $10. My very best to Quincy!

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  3. Marked it down, thank you.

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  4. Beard,

    I LOVE that you were able to share your little brother with us! I am also a Big, and it has truly been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. It's sometimes difficult to see the impact I am having on her, but then I think of the impact she has on me each time we meet and think there really is something amazing and life changing to this organization. I'm donating $20, and please send our luck and encouragement to Quincy's mom. Fundraising isn't easy!! :)

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    1. Agree, after trying different volunteer stuff like sloshing paint on apartments and other similar 1-hour deals, we wanted something more long-term that helps kids. Quincy is a blessing for sure, we see that smile and bam, everything else melts away and he makes us enjoy life all that much more.

      Thanks for being a Big, and for donating!

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  5. Don't usually do things like this, but gave $10--Quincy is just so darn precious!
    -Katherine

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    1. Quincy and I thank you!

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  6. Just donated $50--good luck!

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    1. Very generous, thanks Krista!

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  7. I am so thankful for my good health, and I am happy to help out your "little Brother"

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    1. Quincy will have those new processors in no time, appreciate your help.

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  8. $50 just went Quincy's way. His smile could brighten anyone's day!

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    1. That smile busts through all stress and makes me appreciate life all the more, thanks for helping out Quincy.

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  9. Sent you an email last night, but I wanted to say thank you for bringing this organization to my attention -- we have a good family friend who is facing a liver transplant and funds are very limited. I've shared the GiveForward website with friends who've been heading up bake sales and the like as an additional means to help Clinton. Thanks, Beard.

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    1. Thanks for your help, and I hope Clinton soon raises the needed funds for a transplant.

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  10. Happy to help this great cause. Beard, you'll need to cough up another $100 of matching funds...

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    1. "Give until it hurts." I've always liked that statement, thanks Diane!

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  11. Quincy's smile brightened my day, which wasn't going badly to begin with! I've donated $10 to help with his new ears. What a sweet and wonderful thing you're doing, Beard.

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    1. Excellent, we'll double that to $20, thanks.

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  12. I just donated $50 too. What a wonderful thing you are doing to help. I normally don't donate to individuals via websites like this, but it passes your sniff test, so I couldn't say no!!!

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    1. I'm happy the contributions go directly to Quincy, he'll have his money soon. Thanks!

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  13. I donated $10. I hope he reaches his goal.

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  14. Donated $25. Please let us know when Quincy meets the goal!

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    1. Will let you know, much appreciated!

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  15. donated $25. love the new logo btw.

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    1. Got it, thanks Christa!

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  16. Another $20 for you to match Beard!

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    1. Best Thanksgiving ever, Quincy and his mom can't believe people that don't even know them are helping out. You readers are the best!

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  17. Rachael11/27/2012

    This is the best Christmas present I've had in a long time. I donated $30 and my only regret is that I can't afford a larger amount. But I know the dollars add up and pretty soon our little friend Quincy will have his "new ears."

    Big Brothers/Big Sisters is near and dear to me. I was a Big for a couple years until first she moved and then I moved and it just became unmanageable. It's a program I believe in and I think it does as much for the Bigs as it does for the Littles. Pigtails is going to thank you for this someday, if she hasn't already.

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    1. I hope this post nudges someone to take a look at BBBS. Quincy's been a blessing to Pigtails and me for sure.

      Thanks for donating $30, I'll match it for $60.

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  18. Rachael11/27/2012

    I just donated another $20 - let's face it, if I can afford $30 I can afford $50. I think I've fallen in love with Quincy and his insanely cute smile - helping to make this kid happy will enrich my life beyond measure.

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    1. Nearly at 10% of goal now, thanks Rachael for tucking in a few more bills!

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  19. Anonymous11/27/2012

    I put in $23. Why the odd amount? It is a lucky amount for me, and sort of a tradition. Hopefully, it is lucky for him too. - Mitch A

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    1. Jordan #23? From Quincy, thanks Mitch!

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  20. Rachael11/28/2012

    Hey, this has nothing to do with Quincy's new ears but... a few weeks ago someone posted about the red balls in front of Target. Well, I haven't been able to get that out of my head. Last weekend I drove up to my usual Target in Nashua NH and nope, no red balls. Last night I swung by another Target in Lowell MA and sure enough, RED BALLS!!! I was pretty happy to see them (the simple things in life often mean the most). Now I know you guys weren't just pulling my leg. :)

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    1. Good, now you'll finally be able to sleep at night. Daughter and I were playing on the big red balls long before the Wipeout balls came into the picture.

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  21. Another $100 to the pot - bit by bit! Good Luck!

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  22. Anonymous5/06/2013

    Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point.
    You definitely know what youre talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your blog when you could be giving us something informative to read?


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  23. How did this go? Did he get his implants?

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    1. Still a long ways to go, I'll write a post with updates on how this is progressing.

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Thanks for the note, check back for my response!