Can you read this? Can you hear noises in your house? Maybe you are listening to some good music right now, as you are reading my latest post.
Lucky you. And lucky me, because I see the letters I’m typing, I hear the sound of my keyboard, and I can do whatever I decide I want in this moment. Or tomorrow. Or any other day of my life.
Until 10 minutes ago, I had no idea who was Holly Alonzo. Neither do I now, but I know her story, which is impressive. Holly is 21 years old, she has a husband, and a child, and… Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2). NF2 is a genetic condition and it lead Holly to go blind by this young age, plus she lost her hearing in one ear. The brain tumors attacked also her good ear, so she is progressively going deaf.
I’ve just got a message from Pelf Nyok, who launched a “One Dollar Campaign” together with Yvonne Foong (a NF2 patient in Malaysia), to help Holly raise the $60,000 required for an Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI) which would save her from going completely deaf, too.
One dollar is not too much for many of us, so if anybody would spare it, you can donate it to Holly, to add up to the $800 she’s already raised (still long way to go, but we can help her by spreading the word).
Now close your eyes and turn off the noises in your house for a while.