Inspirational Chicagoans to be Celebrated by The HearStrong Foundation

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:44:00 EST

In a city used to hosting championship athletes, The HearStrong Foundation is about to introduce three very different kinds of champions.

At Lovell’s of Lake Forest, north of Chicago, on June 20th at 2 p.m., The HearStrong Foundation will honor three Chicago-area HearStrong Champions: Eliza Peters, Nancy Chovancek and Karen Putz.

As the cornerstone of the non-profit foundation, HearStrong Champions are the men, women and children who refuse to let hearing loss prevent them from achieving their goals and inspire others to live their lives to the fullest.

Also present at the ceremony will be two members of the foundation’s Executive Advisory Board, Brian McCaskey, senior director of business development for the Chicago Bears, and Mark Scoggins, chief revenue officer for the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA).

Eliza never viewed her hearing loss in a negative light. An avid athlete, Eliza loves how her hearing devices help her interact with her teammates. Eliza teamed up with ESPN anchor Sarah Spain and the Chicago Hearing Society to develop Hear the Cheers!, a campaign to raise money to help young athletic girls afford the hearing technology they need. In just one month, Hear the Cheers! raised more than $18,200 from approximately 290 donors nationwide.

To learn more about Eliza, click here.

I Can Finally Hear Birds

Nancy is a successful entrepreneur who gradually experienced hearing loss due to Meniere’s disease, an inner ear condition that causes vertigo, tinnitus, hearing loss and a feeling of fullness in one’s ears. After she was fitted with hearing devices, Nancy felt re-born. In order to inspire others with hearing loss, she wrote a memoir called I Can Finally Hear Birds.

To learn more about Nancy, click here.

Karen Putz Deafmom

Karen is a motivational speaker with a very popular blog called A Deaf Mom Shares Her World. Refusing to let her hearing loss keep her from completing her goals, Karen took up competitive barefoot water skiing at the age of 45, 26 years after a waterskiing accident actually caused her hearing loss.

To learn more about Karen, click here.

“By celebrating HearStrong Champions like Eliza, Nancy and Karen, we hope to shatter the social stigmas surrounding hearing loss and help spread hearing loss awareness,” said Keller.


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