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Team Eye and Ear

Why Team Eye and Ear?

Previous team member tell why they are so passionate about Team Eye and Ear.

You can check out all the team benefits and requirements here.

"I really enjoyed my experience with Team Eye and Ear... it was the little things, like the communications, the house at the start, the cheering tent at mile 19... I hope I'm invited to run again and again!" - JOHN THOMAS, 2012 Team Eye and Ear member
(raised $7,000 for the unrestricted needs of Mass. Eye and Ear)


"During the recovery process, there were times when I just wasn't sure I'd ever be able to run marathons again. Being able to complete this was closing the book on the whole tumor experience. I felt that I've come back. As a result, Terry and I wanted to give back to those who helped me. This money helps train the next generation of doctors who can help people like me." - BRAD & TERRY ZIMMERMAN, 2011 and 2012 Team Eye and Ear members
(raised $31,135 for Neurotology Fellowship)
In May 2010, Brad was diagnosed with a vestibular schwannaoma brain tumor. After a twelve hour surgery, Mass. Eye and Ear's Dr. Michael McKenna successfully removed the tumor. 

"Losing a sense has such a huge impace on your life. For me, it was my voice. It affects how you interact with people and the work that Mass. Eye and Ear does makes a huge impact in the lives of so many." - PATRICIA SULICK, 2012 Team Eye and Ear member
(raised $5,000 for the Voice and Speech Laboratory)
Patricia fractured her larynx and was unable to speak for nearly two years after a horseback-riding accident ten years ago. Through many surgeries and hours of voice therapy, Patricia regained 50% of her voice.

"It is a great organization and the spirit and enthusiasm keeps me coming back for more" - WILL McNAMARA, 2009 - 2012 Team Eye and Ear member
(has raised more than $50,000 for Neuro-Ophthalmology Research)
Six years ago, Will had a mountain biking accident near Vail, Colorado. As a resulf of the accident, he broke his back. During surgery, Will had a stroke to the optic nerve in both eyes, leaving him legally blind and facing a new way of life.


"I want to be an example for my kids; to show them that even though they may have a disability, they cannot let this stop them from doing whatever they want to do. If I can show them this, my job would be done. My goal would be achieved." - CHRIS MEHMEL, 2012 Team Eye and Ear member
(raised $5,092 for Retinal Degenerative Research)
Chris ran to honor his kids, Matt & Rae, who live with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), a genetic eye condition resulting in the progressive loss of vision. Chris lives with a prosthetic right leg due to a birth defect.

"I came into this with little knowledge about Mass. Eye and Ear. I came out of this with a whole new perspecive on how lucky I am to have my health and how important it is to help people in need." - Eric Priel, 2012 Team Eye and Ear member
(raised $7,000 for the unrestricted needs of Mass. Eye and Ear)


"When you realize that what is within you is greater than what is in your way, you realize the possibilities are endless." - BILL BARKELEY, 2012 Team Eye and Ear Member
(raised $8,770 for Retinal Degenerative Research)
Bill is one of approximately 15,000 people in the U.S. with Usher’s Syndrome, a disease that progressively robs people of both their hearing and vision. He travels the world as a deaf-blind adventurer and advocate. In 2007, Bill climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.


You can check out all the team benefits and requirements here.