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CI Traveling Awareness Bear - A visit from Christi

Posted Oct 07 2012 12:00am

Two weeks ago, we received a Traveling Awareness Bear  in the mail.  Her T-shirt says, "Hi I'm Christi, I have a Cochlear Implant."    Sure enough, attached to her bear ear was a little cochlear implant.  

The bear also came with a passport and a thick binder with journals and photos of the bear's previous adventures.  Lots of cute stories of little girls with CIs/Hearing Aids attending dancing, AVT, audiologists, parties, meals and travels.  

Lily took Christi to Kindergarten and had some great experiences including reading, math, lunch, the playground, and art.  Lily's teacher even had her speak to the entire class about Christi and her Cochlear Implant.  We have no idea what Lily said, but her teacher indicated that she did an excellent job explaining everything.  Another worry to cross off the list.

It turns out, one of our friends, with a CI kiddo, signed us up for the bear months ago (Thanks!).  The Traveling Awareness Bear organization has dozens of bears with all kinds of challenges.  These bears have now been traveling around the world for the past two years, creating tons of memories and helping kids see someone just like them.   What a great idea.  Lily loved Christi's visit.  

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