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 that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the 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 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.