Ear Community Kicks Off Its 2013 Microtia and Atresia World Tour of Summer Family Picnics

Hi Everyone!

Ear Community is proud to host seven more Microtia and Atresia summer family picnics this summer around the world.  Last year’s picnics that Ear Community hosted took place in Canada and in the United States and helped bring almost 1,000 people together.  Ear Community’s picnics welcome Microtia and Atresia families and individuals (including Hemifacial Microsomia, Goldenhar Syndrome, and Treacher Collins families), medical professionals, and hearing device companies all at fun and stress free environments!  When everyone comes together at Ear Community picnics, attendees  are given the chance to share experiences with each other, meet someone in the same situation, have the kids come together and play, and also have the opportunity to meet with medical professionals and hearing device companies so we can get the facts and learn about all of your options.  Medical professionals include Microtia and Atresia plastic surgeons, ENTs, audiologists, therapists, and anaplastologists who mingle with us helping answer our questions.  The hearing device companies that participate in Ear Community’s picnics bring demonstration hearing devices for everyone to learn about and try on.  We are also thankful for their help in educating us on hearing loss and how bone conduction hearing devices can help improve the quality of life for our loved ones who are deaf and hard of hearing.  Most of all, families and individuals who have Microtia and Atresia can connect with each other knowing that they are not alone and that they can be a part of a global 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity organization that helps give back to the Microtia and Atresia community, Ear Community.

This year’s Microtia and Atresia Summer Family Picnics will take place in:
Orlando, Florida on Saturday, April 27, 2013
Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, June 22, 2013
London, England on Saturday, June 29, 2013
Barcelona, Spain on Saturday, July 6, 2013
Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, July 13, 2013
Broomfield, Colorado on Saturday, July 27, 2013
Los Angeles, California on Saturday, August 10, 2013

Two of Ear Community’s summer family picnics will be in collaboration with Microtia surgeon conferences…
Our Los Angeles, California picnic will be in collaboration with Dr. Sheryl Lewin’s LAMAC (Los Angeles Microtia Atresia Conference) which will be sponsored by her nonprofit organization, Earicles – Miracles for Ears.  For details on attending and registering for this conference, please visit:  http://microtiaearsurgery.com/lamac  The Los Angeles conference will take place from Friday, August 9th through Sunday, August 11th.  Guest speakers will include Dr. Sheryl Lewin, Dr. Arturo Bonilla, Dr. Brad Kesser, Melissa Tumblin, along with additional expert medical professionals.  Family members who will be attending the Let Them Hear Foundation conference, http://www.atresiarepair.com/, will be bussed over to the Ear Community and LAMAC location at the Terranea Resort, http://www.terranea.com/

Ear Community’s Barcelona, Spain picnic will be in collaboration with a surgeon conference with guest speakers Dr. Antonia Claveria and Dr. Francisco Parri at the CosmoCaixa, http://obrasocial.lacaixa.es/nuestroscentros/cosmocaixabarcelona/cosmocaixabarcelona_es.html

Ear Community’s picnics are sponsored by the following organizations this year:

I look forward to seeing everyone come together at our Ear Community picnics this summer!  For a list of our picnic dates and details on how to contact a picnic host to RSVP to a picnic, please visit the following link:  http://earcommunity.org/2013-picnics-and-events/

Melissa Tumblin
Founder and Executive Director of Ear Community
Founder of the Microtia and Atresia Support Group on Facebook

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