Thursday, May 9, 2013

Student's surgery inspires successful campaign to help other young hearing-impaired athletes

Geneva Middle School North sixth-grader Eliza Peters plays a board game with her teacher.

Eliza Peters, a sixth-grader at Geneva Middle School North, is a basketball player, dancer and golfer who had a hearing impairment. She underwent a hearing operation and was so happy with its success that she is now raising funds for other young athletes.

Her otolaryngology surgeon was Dr. John Leonetti, director of the Center for Cranial Base Tumors. Dr. Leonetti is quite pleased with how well his young patient is doing.

With her own hearing restored, Eliza wanted to help other young hearing-impaired athletes and launched the campaign Hear the Cheers! to raise funds for the cost of hearing aid surgeries. She used social media to spread the word and at the time of this report had raised $18,000. Her story was featured on ESPN and the Chicago Hearing Society's website.

The operation has opened doors for Eliza, who dreams of becoming a sports broadcaster. And with her drive, her Loyola doctors think she has a really good shot.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.