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Picnic Alert!

Mark your calendars for our annual…

Sunset Dinner Picnic
Friday, July 27, 2018
5:00 – 8:00 pm

Once again, dinner will be catered by Bobby J’s Italian American Grille, served at 6:00 pm. Water and pop will be provided. Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share. Westwood Park, Shelter #5 - 175 Pavement Road - Lancaster, NY 14086

The entrance to Westwood Park is on Pavement Road between Walden Avenue and Broadway. Shelter #5 is just past the enclosed pavilion (where restrooms are located) on the left side, with parking right in front. The children’s playground is a short walk away. The picnic is FREE to all who want to come.
We do encourage you to participate in our fundraisers if you are able to do so. Our Basket Raffle fundraiser helps provide funds for our new annual scholarship, awarded to a student entering college. Additional basket donations are appreciated.
Baskets can be brought to our June 6 meeting, dropped off to any Board member by prior arrangement, or simply brought to the picnic promptly by 5 pm. (Late arriving raffle donations cannot be accepted once the raffle begins, but will be held for use at our Fall fundraiser.)
A basket donation form can be found in this newsletter. Please fill one out for each basket you are donating in order for us to have a description of the contents of your basket. Baskets that appeal to men and children are always needed. The Basket Raffle is once again being coordinated by Sr. Dorothy Feltz.

A 50/50 raffle will also be held to help us with our regular operating funds. Our grey and teal B.I.G. t-shirts will also be on sale to help us raise funds.

We need a general idea of how many members will be attending, so RSVP to Secretary Melissa Burroughs at 716-523- 2991 (voice or text) or email melissab@smsdk12.org by July 20 (one week prior to the picnic) if possible, to let us know that you are coming and how many people will be with you.

Friends and family are welcome! We look forward to seeing you there!

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Sue Wantuck

My name is Sue Wantuck and I am the current President of the Buffalo Implant Group (B.I.G).  I am a Teacher of the Deaf (TOD) at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf in Buffalo NY.  I was born with a severe to profound hearing loss in both ears.  I went to a mainstream school in their program for deaf students.  I wore and relied on a hearing aid all my life.  I learned sign language when I started college.  My husband is deaf, so are my two sons Danny and David. I lost my residual hearing suddenly in 2010.   This caused me to feel an overwhelming amount of emotions.  I consulted with my audiologist who informed me that I was a candidate for a cochlear implant. Many hours were spent researching, thinking, and discussing my options.  After a few weeks I decided to move forward and have surgery.  I received the Cochlear America NU5 processor.  Three years passed being a unilateral CI user and during that time I wondered what it would be like to have two instead of one.  I decided to pursue a second, Cochlear America NU6  in 2013.  I have been a bilateral CI user for almost two years now. It has been a challenging and rewarding journey. It was the best decision I ever made. I continue to practice and improve my auditory and communication skills every day.

B.I.G. was originally founded by Craig Carpenter back in 1985 and continues to be the only local support group for people with cochlear implants in WNY.  This year will be the 30th anniversary!! B.I.G. is a wonderful organization made up of Cochlear Implant (CI), Bone anchored hearing aids (BAHA) , and hearing aid (HA) users.  Also friends, family members and area professionals are active participants. I reached out to the group when I was in need of help, support and education. I appreciated all the advice, personal stories and experiences that the members provided me. I wanted to become President to return the support for current and future CI recipients and to share my thoughts and experiences. I have recently provided mentoring for people considering getting a cochlear implant both before and after activation.

If you are a current CI recipient, thinking about getting a CI, friend, family member of someone with a CI, or area professional who works with Late-Deafened/Deaf/Hard of Hearing children/adults, please consider becoming a member. We welcome anyone to come and attend our meetings.  If you are interested in becoming a member the cost is $20.00 per year which covers 4 issues of our newsletter and also the summer picnic. 

Please visit/browse our website, “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.  Feel free to contact us with any questions/concerns through our email address bufimpgrp@yahoo.com.  If you would like to reach me directly my personal email address is suewantuck@gmail.com .

Happy Hearing!!!

Sue Wantuck