Fisher Foundation Helps Glenview Boy Return to School

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.”

 

Batman Delivers Hearing Aids

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.

Hike 4 Better Hearing 2015

The Fisher Foundation’s 2nd Hike 4 Better Hearing took place on Saturday, August 29 at the Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton. Though it was a rainy day, it didn’t dampen the group’s spirit!

Thank you to all of our generous sponsors, donors, and participants who contributed to our second Hike 4 Better Hearing!

Dr. Fisher greets a long-time patient

Running the path!

Family fun!

2015 Hike Participants

First Hike 4 Better Hearing

The Fisher Foundation for Hearing Health Care held its first Hike 4 Better Hearing on September 20, 2014!

The Hike raised $15,000 and enabled six people and their extended families to be reunited once again.

In addition, the Hike brought hearing health awareness to dozens of communities, facilities, and health care professionals. Reggie Smith, former NFL player and vice president of the Chicago chapter of the NFL Players Association, showed his support by joining the cause with his family.

Dr. Ronna Fisher with Highland Park Mayor, Nancy Rotering

2014 Hike 4 Better Hearing Participants