We are thrilled to announce that the 2017 Run to Hear 5K benefiting Any Baby Can will be held Saturday, September 23 at Camp Mabry. This new, exciting location will offer a convenient downtown location. The race kicks off at 8:00 a.m.
In 2011 Run to Hear held its inaugural 5K run/walk at the Texas School for the Deaf in Austin, Texas on June 25. The beneficiary was the Colorado Neurological Institute’s Cochlear Implant Assistance Program, which assists hearing impaired individuals anywhere in the United States who have no insurance and who may not qualify for government assistance programs obtain a cochlear implant. The 2011 Run to Hear raised $11,000, which went toward helping a 16-year-old Amish girl in Iowa obtain a cochlear implant. The event highlighted a remarkable growth opportunity for the teens who came up with the idea and saw it through to completion. The kids, who call themselves The Deaf Club, were so excited about what they were able to accomplish that they decided to do the 5K again, and make it an annual event.
In 2012, Run to Hear became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The 2012 Run to Hear 5K was held at Lake Pflugerville Park on June 23rd and funded four recipients: Any Baby Can; The Dallas Hearing Foundation; the Colorado Neurological Institute’s Cochlear Implant Assistance Program; and the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s Hearing Angel Program. The 2012 5K was a tremendous success, with more participants, volunteers, corporate sponsorship and fundraising.
From 2013 through 2016, Run to Hear continued to host the event benefiting Any Baby Can and the Dallas Hearing Foundation. Proceeds from the event help with the financial costs of equipment and services for children with hearing loss.
After six years of staging the 5K and raising thousands of dollars to help families obtain services and equipment for their deaf children, the Run to Hear family collectively decided to hang up their running shoes, so to speak. The young people who started the event are all now in college or pursuing their careers in various locations, which leaves little time to spend on organizing.
This year, Any Baby Can is proud to host the Run to Hear 5K and will benefit from the proceeds. We greatly appreciate the Run to Hear family and proudly continue their legacy. For more information, please visit the event page.
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