Strive 2 Talk – Jesse Frank Fundraiser

Jesse Frank is a four year old child, described by his mother as being a “happy and lively little boy”. This previous sentence may not seem like an unusual one, as most four year old boys are generally considered to be energetic and jovial. However, Jesse struggles with a condition that most children do not have to cope with: Bilateral Sensori-Neural High Frequency Hearing Loss (SNHL).

SNHL is a hearing loss disease that is caused by a defect of the inner ear or auditory nerve, of which there is no cure or surgical procedure to reverse the damage. Jesse, unfortunately, was born with SNHL. It was very shortly after his birth that his mother was informed of his diagnosis, and told that her child would never be able to hear.   

As one can imagine it was quite a blow for Svetlana (Jesse’s mother), to comprehend that her newly born child would struggle with communication for his entire life. What is more, the quest to assist Jesse to develop his communication abilities would become quite a costly battle. In order for Jesse to develop his communication abilities to the point where he is able to attend a mainstream school, he will need a combination of audio-visual therapy and speech language pathology.

In order to show our support for Jesse and Svetlana, on Saturday, June 28th, we will be hosting an event for children at Wonderful World of Circus in Markham (the address of which is: 2600 John Street #115, Markham, Ontario, L3R 3W3). There will be a three hour event, starting at 10:00 AM, ending at 1:00 PM. The event will include activities for the children, such as face painting and balloon modelling, as well as a one hour professional circus performance. Food and beverages will also be provided during the event. The cost of admission will be $25.00 for tickets bought in advance, or $30.00 at the door, with all proceeds going towards assisting with the payment of Jesse’s therapy.

Should you have any questions regarding the event, including the purchasing of tickets, please feel free to email your inquiries to: lina@shulman.ca or phone 416-661-2777 ext.225.  To purchase tickets online please click here.

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