Canadian Speed Skater Kevin Frost

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At Hear See Hope, we love to see extraordinary stories about those living with Usher’s syndrome. Meet Canadian speed skater Kevin Frost, who is one of those stories! Kevin has Olympic ambitions and there are only two things in his way — Usher Syndrome and the International Paralympic Committee’s failure to recognize deafblind speed skating as a sport. Kevin’s passion for the speed skating and his drive to succeed have rallied his community around him in support of his bid to get deafblind speed skating recognized as a Paralympic sport and to be one of the first to compete. Watch this video about him, and his efforts to live not just an ordinary life, but an extraordinary one! Visit his website at www.deafblindspeedskater.com for more about Kevin today!

Family Affected by Usher Syndrome

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The McKittrick family has not one, but two children that are affected by Usher syndrome. Watch this touching story of Dalton, the McKittricks youngest son, as he undergoes surgery to have his cochlear implants put in and gets to hear his parents voice for the first time.

Lauren's Quest

Lauren Shoemaker

Lauren Shoemaker is an inspiration. She is one of Hear See Hope’s most committed supporters, and she’s only 12. Not only has Lauren been a great friend to our children and our entire family but she done so much to increase awareness of Usher Syndrome. Lauren is a very special person and we are so lucky to have her in our lives.

Starting with our auction in 2006 and each year thereafter, Lauren has done something that I admire her courage for. At the age of just 6, not only did she get up onstage alone in front of more than 200 people to sing karaoke at our auction but raised $1,000 in sponsorship money herself to sing that night. She’s done the same thing at every annual auction since. Her performances have been so inspiring to those attending that many others match her sponsorship donations each year. For several years Lauren also has asked for donations to Hear See Hope in lieu of birthday and Christmas gifts.

What’s most special about Lauren is her ability to help increase awareness. She’s always been there for our boys along the way. She’s proud to be their friend and has helped support Conner and Dalton when they needed help along the way. She’s selflessly helped the kids when they needed help seeing at night, had problems walking on the beach at a school field trip, tried to play sports in PE when the odds are stacked against them and been there to support them with a smile and a hug.   There are too many examples to list. At 4, Dalton thinks “My Lauren” is the best, probably because no matter what she’s doing, she stops to give him a big hug.

Thank you Lauren for all that you do for Hear See Hope and our family. You inspire us.

– Lane McKittrick

Introduction to Hear See Hope 2005

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Conner’s family found out he was deaf at a very early age and were able to take steps to help their son through this difficult process. Through an early cochlear implant Conner was able to hear sounds that he would not have been able to hear. Conner was diagnosed with Usher syndrome in 2004. His parents founded the Hear See Hope foundation to raise money for research to find a cure and to give support and hope to families impacted by Usher syndrome.