Blue skies, puffy clouds and ideal late summer temperatures welcomed the 2016 Fisher Foundation Hike 4 Better Hearing. Held at Highland Park’s Larry Fink Park Saturday morning September 27, the third annual event drew more than 100 attendees, with over half participating in the 5K walk-run. With the help of a long list of generous sponsors, over $20,000 was raised for the Foundation’s charity activities, which was more than was collected for previous hikes. The Fisher Foundation for Hearing Health Care helped 6 patients in the last year and expects to help more in the coming year, in addition to its goal of raising awareness for hearing health care. This year’s Hike also featured the first-ever Technology Showcase put on by the five major hearing aid manufacturers, Siemens/Signa, Phonak, Starkey, Oticon, and Widex. Consumers on hand were given a never-before-offered opportunity to experience all the most advanced hearing aid technology in one place, at one time.
The Foundation was also joined by a few very special guests: young Brannon Moran, his sister, and his mother. Brannon recently received chemotherapy for a brain tumor, which left him unable to hear. After hearing Brannon’s story, the Fisher Foundation provided him a set of free state-of-the-art hearing aids. The crowd at the Hike was lucky enough to see him run and play, and even got the chance to hear Brannon’s mom speak about their experience.
Dr. Ronna Fisher greets the crowd
Brannon Moran with his mom, Kristin, and sister
Hiking for a cause
Batman Returns! The Fisher Foundation and Batman present local boy, Brannon Moran, with new hearing aids
Click here to read the full article on the Glenview Patch, by Tim Moran (Patch Staff) – November 25, 2015
Over Brannon Moran’s short life, he had already fought a speech delay, ileitis, and an immune disorder. His parents paid nutritional consults, speech and occupational therapy. Then came the diagnosis of brain cancer with emergency brain surgery, a month of radiation, and six months of aggressive chemotherapy.
Brannon’s therapy was life-saving but it also created yet another obstacle: his chemotherapy had taken much of his hearing. He required hearing aids to go back to school and they weren’t covered by insurance. The family already faced massive medical bills and Brannon’s mother had quit her job to care for him. The parents decided to contact the Fisher Foundation For Hearing Health Care. “We’d heard the foundation had helped another child with a brain tumor receive hearing aids,” says Kristin “so we approached them.”
“When the Moran family reached out to us, we couldn’t say no,” says Dr. Ronna Fisher Au.D. “I don’t think anyone could say no to a family and a child like this one.” The audiologist directs the foundation and is the founder of the Hearing Health Center in Chicago, Naperville, Highland Park and Oak Brook.
Last month the Hearing Health Center staff fitted Brannon with his new hearing aids. They also visited Brannon’s school and talked to his classmates about how hearing aids work. Dr. Fisher says, “Kristin was worried Brannon might be picked on for wearing his hearing aids so we decided to be proactive.”
The Morans know there are no guarantees. But this Thanksgiving they couldn’t be more grateful: for Brannon’s life and the foundation that’s allowed him to resume it. “It’s enabled Brannon to go back to his world. I can’t put a price on that.”
Click here to see the original article on the Daily Herald website from 9/2/15: Batman delivers hearing aids for 6-year-old
A superhero shared his super hearing with a 6-year-old in need of hearing aids at a Naperville hearing health center.
Riley Buckholz, 6, of Burlington, got new hearing aids recently from Batman, his favorite among all superheroes.
Riley’s partial hearing loss was caused by pineal blastoma, a childhood brain tumor about the size of a sunflower seed, said his mother, Adena Buckholz. Riley is receiving free treatment at the Hearing Health Center through support of the Fisher Foundation for Hearing Health Care. Phonak, LLC, donated his special hearing aids, which were decorated with the Batman logo to continue the super hearing theme.
The aids will help Riley hear teachers and peers more clearly so he can perform better in first grade.