KeepHealthCare.ORG – Boystown Memorial Day Fun Run raises money for the Childhood Deafness, Language and Learning Center
Boystown, Neb. —
Nearly 2,500 runners braved the heat Memorial Monday for the Boystown Memorial Day Fun Run. The money raised now helps fund research for kids in the future.
The runners who will cross the finish line Memorial Day will help fund research for the Center of Childhood Deafness, Language and Learning. The center has focused on this research since the beginning of the Boystown Hospital.
“These are children that need our help,” said Boystown Director of Hospital and Clinics John Arch. “These are children we’ve surrounded with research, with clinical services to make sure that they have a chance to live a happy productive life.”
Since Tiana Ertan was a baby she’s had hearing loss, and at 2 years old she received her first pair of hearing aids.
“She loves music and singing so with the hearing aids she’s able to hear,” said Jill Ertan, Tiana’s mother.
She uses oral and sign language to communicate. Without funding, Tiana may not have the same opportunities she has now. The cost to hear is expensive.
“So without any insurance or any help, it would be $5,000,” said Ertan.
“If you have a cochlear implant, you may be in the $35,000 to $45,000 range,” said Arch.
This year Boystown said it will raise over $35,000 for research with this run.