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Retired Hockey Star Mark Messier Fundraises for Hearing Research

By Lauren McGrath

Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) was thrilled to join this year’s Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund Charity Day on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 in New York City.

The annual philanthropic event “turns a tragic day into one that is positive and uplifting by helping others.” On Charity Day, Cantor Fitzgerald and and its affiliates GFI Securities and BCG generously donate the day’s brokerage revenues to the participating nonprofit organizations, each of which is represented by a celebrity representative. 

From left: HHF Board Vice Chair Paul Orlin, Retired Hockey Pro Mark Messier, CEO Timothy Higdon

From left: HHF Board Vice Chair Paul Orlin, Retired Hockey Pro Mark Messier, CEO Timothy Higdon

HHF was fortunate to have local athletic favorite Mark Messier serve as its charismatic and energetic celebrity ambassador. National Hockey League Hall of Famer Messier ended his 25-year professional playing career in 2004 before taking on leadership roles with the New York City team. Sporting a NY Rangers t-shirt, Messier was a familiar and friendly face and name to the staff and clients at GFI Securities and BCG Partners, where he graciously volunteered his time on Wednesday.

Messier was accompanied by Board of Directors Vice Chair Paul Orlin and CEO Timothy Higdon, and his participation marked HHF’s seventh year of participation.  

“Mark did an exceptional job engaging folks on the trading floor and over the phone. I was impressed by his positive demeanor and compassion, and I am so grateful that he could give up part of his day to make more hearing loss research possible.”

The Cantor Relief Fund was originally established to aid the families of the Cantor Fitzgerald’s 658 employees who perished in the World Trade Center attacks. The Fund has since expanded to support victims of terrorism, natural disasters, and emergencies, wounded military personnel, and other charitable causes, including HHF. Since its 2001 inception, Charity Day has raised $159 million globally.

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Operation Regrow Returns June 17

By Gina Russo

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Which came first—the chicken or the egg? It’s an age-old question, but luckily it does have a scientific answer: the egg.

At Hearing Health Foundation (HHF), researchers are working tirelessly to solve a different, unanswered scientific question: How do we cure human hearing loss?

Hearing is a vital sense and precious gift that so many, due to their genetics, noise exposure, ototoxic medication, age, or injury, have lost. Hearing loss impacts 50 million Americans and more than 460 million people worldwide.

At HHF, it’s not about the chicken or the egg. It’s about hearing. That’s what comes first in our lives and in our work. Hearing enables communication with loved ones and enjoyment of life.

Currently, the most common treatments available are hearing aids and cochlear implants. While miraculous in their impact, they do not recreate typical hearing. They do not undo the damage to the inner ear, or the cochlea, or regrow the sensory cells, or hair cells, which make hearing possible. This is why hair cell regeneration therapy is so urgently needed.

Hearing regeneration is already possible in frogs, fish, and yes, chickens. With your help, the members of HHF’s Hearing Restoration Project (HRP) can accelerate their studies to identify permanent cures and better the lives of millions.

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You can be part of the change. Make a donation to the second annual Operation Regrow campaign beginning Tuesday, June 17, at 9:00 AM EDT. Gifts will be accepted online and by mail until June 27.

Your generosity and commitment in this life-changing effort is invaluable to HHF and the scientists in the HRP. Thank you for inspiring us every day to work harder for you and your loved ones living with hearing loss.

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Good to Hear: The Results Are In!

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By Gina Russo

Thank you for doing the most good for hearing loss through Hearing Health Foundation (HHF)’s Good to Hear giving campaign earlier this month.

You will recall our 24-hour giving period that began on March 3 aligned with the celebration of World Hearing Day―the World Health Organization (WHO)’s annual campaign to raise awareness of hearing loss care and prevention.

All generous donations made during the giving window were 100% matched by a group of  anonymous donors, and all credit card fees for online gifts were waived.

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HHF is delighted to report that more than 50 donors who care about hearing loss contributed to a remarkable total of $20,580 in donations!

This number was doubled as a result of the match to a grand total of $41,160 for hearing research and awareness! HHF is truly awed by our supporters’ generosity and commitment.

Funding is critical for our Hearing Restoration Project (HRP), Emerging Research Grants (ERG), Ménière's Disease Grants (MDG), and educational outreach programs, and to the scientists who are working hard to discover better treatments and cures for hearing loss and balance conditions. Giving went above and beyond our expectations for the campaign.

This critical work is only possible because of you, and we’re so grateful for your thoughtfulness and partnership. Only together can we improve quality of life for the millions living with hearing loss.

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HHF a Beneficiary of 2018 Cantor Fitzgerald 9/11 Charity Day

By Lauren McGrath

Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) graciously took part in Cantor Fitzgerald’s annual Cantor Charity Day on Tuesday, September 11 in New York City, marking the organization’s sixth year of participation in the high-profile philanthropic event. Represented by celebrity ambassador NHL Hall of Famer Martin “Marty” St. Louis, HHF will receive a share of the funds raised to support hearing and balance research by way of the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund.

From left: Nadine Dehgan, Marty St. Louis, Paul Orlin

From left: Nadine Dehgan, Marty St. Louis, Paul Orlin

The Relief Fund was originally established to aid the families of the Cantor Fitzgerald’s 658 employees who perished in the World Trade Center attacks. The Fund has since expanded to support victims of terrorism, natural disasters, and emergencies, wounded military personnel, and other charitable causes, including HHF. Since its 2001 formation, Charity Day has raised $147 million for worthy causes.

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Accompanied by HHF CEO Nadine Dehgan and Board Member Paul Orlin, Marty enthusiastically helped brokers on the trading floors close deals on the phone—all for charity—at both the BGC Partners and GFI Securities offices in Manhattan. Other celebrity ambassadors included Alec Baldwin, LaChanze, Tony Danza, Gayle King, Lucy Hale, Bill Clinton, and Saquon Barkley.

Marty’s own foundation has supported HHF’s life-changing work in the past and HHF was especially thankful that he dedicated his time to serve as an ambassador for another year. On the day of the event, he tweeted, “I’m proud to help Hearing Health Foundation. Life is beautiful but much better when you can hear what’s around you. Let’s keep pushing.”

“I am grateful to Marty and to Cantor Fitzgerald for making this day possible,” said Nadine Dehgan. “HHF will keep pushing for better treatments and cures and will continue to be a resource to the millions of Americans who live with hearing and balance conditions.”

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The Countdown to Operation Regrow

By Gina Russo

Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) is counting down the days until the start of Operation Regrow, a two-week movement when you can help us to further progress toward better treatments and cures for hearing loss.

Beginning Tuesday, June 5, at 8:00 AM EDT, you can support the team of scientists conducting life-changing research to restore lost hearing, and more importantly, your generosity will have double the impact! All contributions received by 11:59 PM EDT on Tuesday, June 19 will be matched by an anonymous donor.

Transverse section through the embryonic day 20 chicken utricle (inner ear organ) at 20X magnification. Photo by Amanda Janesick, Ph.D., of the lab of Stefan Heller, Ph.D., a Hearing Restoration Project consortium member

Transverse section through the embryonic day 20 chicken utricle (inner ear organ) at 20X magnification. Photo by Amanda Janesick, Ph.D., of the lab of Stefan Heller, Ph.D., a Hearing Restoration Project consortium member

With just five days remaining until launch, you can share the five most important facts about Operation Regrow with friends and family:

  1. The Hearing Restoration Project (HRP) is the HHF-funded scientific consortium dedicated to finding biological cures for hearing loss.

  2. Damage to the sensory cells in the human inner ear causes irreversible hearing loss.

  3. The HRP members know that the key to hearing loss cures is the human ability to regrow cells in the inner ear. This phenomenon is already possible in certain species. The HRP has observed cell regrowth in chickens, fish, and young mice.

  4. The HRP is comprised of 15 senior scientists who work collaboratively by openly sharing data and ideas, and this collaboration helps to speed up the research process.

  5. HHF maintains stellar charity ratings from Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, Guidestar, Charity Navigator, and CharityWatch for using 100% of donations to support critical research, ensuring that all Operation Regrow contributions will directly help the HRP.

If you are able to make a gift to Operation Regrow, please visit www.hhf.org/regrow between June 5 and June 19. Gifts may also be made by phone during business hours, 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM EDT, at 212-257-6140. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on our progress. Thank you for supporting HRP and hearing health!

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