Whenever I share the work of John Tracy
Clinic with people in our community,
I feel so much pride for the success of our
unique parent-centered programs and the
commitment of our dedicated staﬀ who quite
literally transform the lives of thousands of
families each year. Our emphasis on parent
par cipa on and educa on to nurture a
child’s progress is central to JTC’s philosophy;
in fact, it drives our eﬀec veness in helping
children with hearing loss to be able to
speak, listen and thrive in the hearing world.
As parent Brian Friese points out, “JTC has
learned well how to empower the family unit rather than make them
co-dependent on your services.”
In many ways, the best illustra ons of our non-proﬁt work are in
the end results - the outcomes and success rates for the children who
are the ul mate beneﬁciaries of our work.
For example, last year 100% of preschool children transi oned to
either mainstream schools to communicate on par with their hearing
classmates or other educa onal programs that use spoken language
as the main communica on medium. In our parent-infant program,
92% of the young children demonstrated improvements in hearing
and oral communica ons. In our Distance Educa on program, 83%
of families reported growth in their child’s listening and language
abili es. JTC’s audiology services staﬀ assessed the hearing abili es
of more than 3,500 infants and toddlers, and our Graduate Program,
in partnership with Mount Saint Mary’s University, contributed six
language preschool to learn techniques
to help their children develop listening
and speech skills. In addi on, siblings
par cipated in camp-like educa onal and
recrea onal group fun. Specialists provided
audiology evalua ons, counseling and child
development consulta ons.
This year, a er parents completed the
Summer Session, several of them collectively
donated a record of more than $20,000 to JTC
Message from JTC’s President & CEO
The leading diagnostic and education
center for young children with hearing loss
new teachers with Master’s Degrees in Educa on, who will carry
forward JTC’s standards and legacy of early interven on educa on for
thousands of future children with hearing loss in their new careers.
Every day, we receive comments from parents on their children’s
achievements that they didn’t dream would be possible un l they
came to JTC. For example, Brenda Gonzalez brought her two children,
Alexa and Kevin, to JTC for early interven on services, ﬁrst enrolling
in our Parent-Infant program, and then taking advantage of our
Auditory-Verbal Preschool. While s ll at JTC, both children excelled
enough to a end a par al mainstream school; upon leaving JTC, both
had developed the communica ons skills to succeed at grade level
in a mainstream elementary school. Another parent, L. Murphy, said
recently “Our daughter went in less than one year from not being able
to say ‘good morning’ to reading, coun ng backwards from 20... and
scoring a 96% in her school tests.” Parent Dieu Ly, commented “My
daughter is mainstreamed at the age of 5. I couldn’t be prouder of her.”
I hope you will join me as a community advocate in sharing your
enthusiasm for John Tracy Clinic. With your voices of support, we can
con nue to provide vital diagnos c and educa onal services to help
more children impacted by hearing loss to a ain speech, language and
listening skills and a life me of success in the hearing world. Thank you
for your involvement.
JTC hosted its annual series of three Summer
Sessions in June and July. Sessions were oﬀered for
U.S. and Interna onal families – one in English and one
in Spanish, and one designed for local area families.
LA. area for an intensive mul -week program at the JTC
bonds develop between the families, and o en lifelong
long-distance friendships blossom from the two and
This year we welcomed families from Canada,
India, Ireland, Argen na, Pakistan, Spain, UAE, Mexico,
United Kingdom, and the USA (CA, IL, PA and TX). The
comprehensive sessions are designed for parents and
Parents par cipated in a full range of family learning
programs on childhood hearing loss, auditory-verbal
techniques, language development, emo onal
support and educational services. They also took part
with their children in JTC’s demonstra on spoken
in support of its programs. “All of us at JTC are so
honored and grateful for the generosity of the
from our Summer Session program,” said Gaston
TALKS: Parents Program
Now groups of parents from just about
anywhere in the world who have an Internet
connec on, a computer with a web-cam, mic,
speakers, and a monitor or projec on screen
can take advantage of live Web-based sessions
with a JTC educator in real- me. Topics are for
focus on encouraging their children’s listening,
and language and speech development.
As part of our Distance Educa on Department,
the program – JTC TALKS: Parents – is achieving
interna onal acclaim, with a recent parent
of it to their local news media. Visit the JTC.
org Website or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more
informa on about scheduling a program.
(News con nued on page 3)
A Glimpse of Recent JTC News & Ac vity Highlights
Summer Sessions Draw 48 International Families to L.A.
Each summer, JTC greets Spanish-speaking families from
countries around the world for an intensive educa on and
support program to help them with their children’s hearing
loss. Over the course of the two week program, families gain
skills with auditory-verbal techniques and childhood language
educa on and counseling services, as well as par cipate in a
demonstra on auditory-verbal preschool.
What many people don’t realize is that alongside the Spanish
Summer Session is a parallel hub for visi ng teachers, audiologists,
counselors, and auditory-oral therapists from Spanish-speaking
countries. The program, referred to as “JTC’s Professional Spanish
Summer Session,” allows early interven on professionals to
observe the family session and receive training to hone their
professional skills and enhance their exper se in their own
“Celebra ng its 6th year, JTC’s Professional Spanish Summer
Session has become so popular there is now a wai ng list of
professionals seeking a space in the program,” said Mary Beth
Goring, LMFT, director of counseling and child development
services at JTC, who directs the Professional Summer Sessions.
This year JTC hosted seven professionals from Argen na, three
from Colombia and one from Mexico. In addi on, JTC welcomed
back a few professionals from previous years to share their
exper se as volunteers for the Summer Session families.
Mirna Armenta Gil returned to JTC this year as one of the Spanish
Summer Session volunteers. Mirna has a degree in Special
Educa on in the area of listening and language. She has worked
with children with hearing loss for 19 years, and is now applying
the principles of Auditory-Verbal Therapy in her prac ce in
Mirna shares her thoughts on the JTC Professional Summer
When I was at JTC for the professional course, I realized that I
wanted more of this experience. So when I received the invita on
to return in a suppor ng role for the parent summer session, I didn’t
hesitate a moment, and I immediately accepted. Professionally,
it’s an experience that has no comparison; these are the “major
JTC represents the model that I wish to follow, and it inspires
professionals like me to want to learn from JTC. My main mo va on
in taking this course are my pa ents; I understood that at JTC I
would have the opportunity to learn this model of prac ce, and
from there, be able to oﬀer the best to my pa ents.
Without a doubt you do learn that the parents are the
primary key in the development of an interven on plan for their
children. Also, you learn some technical guidelines to follow in your
professional prac ce. It made me redesign the way I work, and
completely change course. There was a dividing line before and
a er the professional course, in terms of the way that I work.
I would broadly recommend this course. There is no aspect of
your professional prac ce that is not addressed in the course. Every
minute of the two weeks guides you to change from the inside out,
and it truly achieves that aim.
International Professionals Find Continuing Education Opportunities at
JTC’s Spanish Summer Sessions for Families
For more information on the
Professional Spanish Summer Session
Program, contact Mary Beth Goring, LMFT
From left - Natalia Mutti; Claudia Lopardo; Cecilia
Dappiano; Montserrat Castro; Silvia Vanegas; Paula
Ramirez; Patricia Camacho; Isabel Alvarez, JTC summer
psychologist; Eugenia Ares; Ángeles Lincho; Patricia
Obertti; Mary Beth Goring; Lucrecia Graciela Pintado
from left - Mirna Armenta Gil, Susana
Session Director Fernanda Hinojosa
On May 11th, JTC, in
partnership with Mount Saint
Mary’s University Los Angeles,
awarded the annual Karen
Scholarship Award to Chelsea
Scerri, M.S., a 2015 MSMU-LA/
JTC graduate.From le : Jayna Randi, board member, KRVMS Program;
Mary Mc Ginnis, Cand PhD, LSLS Cert AVT director, Mount Saint
Mary’s U. LA/JTC DHH Graduate Program; Chelsea Scerri, M.S.,MSMU-LA/JTC graduate, KRVMS Award recipient;
Bill Vivian, board member, KRVMS Program; Diane Browne, board member, KRVMS Program
“Chelsea’s applica on for the scholarship revealed a passion for
carrying on Karen’s legacy in listening and spoken language,” said
Mary McGinnis, Cand PhD, LSLS Cert AVT, who is JTC’s Director,
DHH Graduate Program. “Chelsea’s goal is to become a Listening
and Spoken Language Specialist Cer ﬁed Auditory-Verbal
Therapist. We hired her for the JTC Summer Session to provide
therapy for our families. She displayed amazing professionalism,
skill, and crea vity when working with the families.”
Each year, the award is presented to one graduate student in
recogni on of outstanding achievement and academic excellence.
Well done, Chelsea! Congratula ons and best wishes from all of
us at JTC!
Alumni Panel and Pizza Night – A Valuable
Evening for JTC Parents
Parents who came to a Tuesday
evening Support Group at JTC last
spring were treated to an engaging
group of 8 young panelists – all JTC
alums between the ages of 6 and 15.
The kids shared what their lives were
like out in the mainstream world.
Many also shared warm memories of their preschool years at
JTC. Their parents were able to share their own valuable insights
and advice to the new parents in the audience. The evening’s
program received rave reviews by all the parents who a ended.
Expansion of AVT Tele-Practice
Following a trial introduc on in 2014, JTC is expanding
its tele-prac ce sessions on a limited basis. Our tele-prac ce
sessions guide parents to enhance speech therapy or preschool
services for their young child with hearing loss. Families from
around the world can connect with JTC’s auditory verbal
therapists and spoken language specialists. Interac ve, individual
sessions via the Internet are available in English or Spanish.
Sessions are individually designed and arranged to meet
parent needs. Interested families can email JTC at email@example.com.
Music to Their Ears!
This spring, JTC’s preschool students were
treated to two educa onal performances by
musician trios from USC’s Thornton School
of Music, thanks to Raymond L. Goldsworthy,
Ph.D., associate professor of Otolaryngology,
USC, who helped arrange both programs.
Musicians from USC’s Roamin’ Reeds trio
and the USC’s Gluck Fellows Kaleidoscope Trio performed songs
and then demonstrated how their musical instruments produce
sound, giving them a chance to handle and explore each one.
Both programs proved to be fun training for the kids, most of
whom are learning to discriminate pitch, rhythm, and the sounds
of diﬀerent instruments with their cochlear implants or other
sensory devices. They also iden ﬁed popular tunes. According
to the musicians, seeing the children and their reac ons to
musical sound was a great learning experience for them too.
A New jtc Website is Coming!
As you read this newsle er, development of a new, improved
design, as well as other user friendly features. Stay tuned for news
about it in the weeks ahead. We’ll welcome your feedback too!
2015 Summer Celebration & Annual Picnic
The summer heat proved no deterrent for more than 525 JTC
alumni parents and children who enjoyed the outdoor fun and
camaraderie at this year’s JTC Summer Celebra on & Annual Picnic
event! From In-N-Out Burgers and ice cream treats to exhibits by
hearing device manufacturers, face pain ng, a pe ng zoo and an
acroba c performance, a fun social a ernoon was had by all. Hats
oﬀ to the vendors, staﬀ and generosity of our corporate sponsors
for making this year’s event a success!
Chelsea Scerri, M.S., Receives this year’s Karen
Rothwell-Vivian Memorial Scholarship Award
f th i h l t
hen a parent ﬁrst learns that their child has a hearing loss, the news is
o en shocking and overwhelming. But, as Fanny Heninger’s ﬁrst-hand
account illustrates, developing a good network of support from the
start, and keeping a posi ve outlook, can have immediate and las ng eﬀects on the
perspec ves, choices and outcomes for both the child and parent. In Fanny’s case,
both her daughters were diagnosed with deafness in infancy. Two decades later, the
Heningers stay in touch with JTC and share their inspiring stories with other families
who are now going through their own journeys of raising a child with hearing loss.
Describe your experience when you ﬁrst learned your children had
profound hearing loss.
Fanny: The kind ENT who diagnosed my oldest daughter, Vi oria, with a
profound, bi-lateral hearing loss at age of 10 months had fortunately been
aware of John Tracy Clinic and was familiar with Mrs. Tracy’s book. When
he told me, he was very gentle and said
something to this eﬀect: “What I will
tell you is not coming from me; it has
already been told to another mother
several decades ago: Your life is about to
make a dras c change. Everything you
know about language and paren ng will
change. You will travel and learn many
new things and see life from a diﬀerent
perspec ve. This child is very special and
will change your lives for the be er. You
will learn to appreciate many things that
you took for granted and may even help others. Here is your prescrip on.”
With that, he handed me the phone number and address to JTC.
“I suggest you call them right away,” he said. “Your child has a profound,
bi-lateral hearing loss but it doesn’t mean she won’t learn to listen or talk.”
With that kind of presenta on, I actually felt as if I had won a lo ery. Rather
than focusing on the nega ve aspects, I immersed myself in the Parent-Infant
Correspondence Program from John Tracy Clinic. I looked forward to those
packets by mail and to the responses.
My second child, Francesca,
was diagnosed at birth through
the Early Detec on Evalua on
and had an auditory brainstem
response (ABR) test before leaving
the hospital. The experience was
actually good because I was glad
that both girls were going to be
able to support and understand
each other. By that me, I had fully
immersed myself and my children
in an Auditory-Oral Program. I later
found out that their hearing loss
was due to recessive genes. I felt prepared and able to raise a second child
with a profound, bilateral hearing loss.
The only nega ve experience at diagnosis was my poli cal family. My then
husband and biological father to the girls could not accept the hearing loss in
either child and did not try to understand the process of habilita on. He gave
up on us which turned out to be a blessing in disguise because by not having
nega vity in our lives we were able to look forward to what the future held
for us. I would say that in the case of hearing loss and trying to cope with
it, my ex -husband was much more of a burden than my children ever were.
The diagnosis came to me as a way to improve myself and prove to his
family that the girls were very capable. There
used to be a mo o for AG BELL: There are no
limits for deaf and hard of hearing children
and indeed, there are not. I look forward to
seeing the girls as they reach adulthood and
make their own dreams become a reality.
How did you approach helping your
children to hear and to develop speech
and listening skills?
Fanny: My oldest child started oﬀ with
hearing aids. At the me, I lived in South
America and obtaining good ear molds was a
challenge. I had to learn how to troubleshoot
the hearing aids and was even given the pu y
to make my own impressions to mail oﬀ to
San Francisco to obtain the ear molds. Things
have since changed in that country, thankfully.
I had done my best to raise my daughter to be
oral and really worked a lot with her.
I learned so much from my correspondence
courses through JTC and the lending library
with the AG BELL Associa on. I devoured
everything that was sent to me and took the
task seriously. I set up one of the bedrooms
in the house as a play area and encouraged
my friends to bring their babies for play dates
so my eldest could have language models.
I also a ended Gymboree and enrolled her
at a daycare program where she had typical
language models at least two hours a day.
I learned to narrate life, use wait me for
responses and made sure that the hearing
aids were on during all waking hours. We went
to LA to get a second opinion and made our
ﬁrst visit to JTC.
I’ll never forget the ﬁrst me I stepped into
JTC and I felt as if I had arrived into a warm
and loving cocoon. Everyone was wonderful
and suppor ve and to this day, I s ll keep in
touch with all the teachers and audiologists
who were there at the me and con nue to
be with JTC. My life did change for the be er.
I found hope! I knew I had to sign up for
the Interna onal Summer Program, which I
Family - From
Vittoria and Fanny
Vittoria and Francesca
Heninger as young girls
a ended with Vi oria and my parents a year and a half later. I
got so much from that hands-on experience, being exposed to
so many families with whom I later was able to keep in contact
and make friendships. It was nice to know there were so many
people who were experiencing the same things as I was and that
there was hope. The con nuous message I got was that it didn’t
ma er where you lived, ul mately the work and dedica on
fell on the parents’ responsibility, not the school’s. This was
encouraging because I felt so empowered by the sessions and
the posi ve environment.
By the me my second daughter, Francesca, was born, I was
already living in the U.S. and she was diagnosed at birth,
as I men oned before. I received the JTC correspondence
courses for her as well, along with ECI services that included
AI services from an oral
school. Since she wore
her hearing aids at
thirteen days old, the
transi on into ge ng
a cochlear implant was
not diﬃcult. She had
already been used to
wearing her hearing
aids during all waking
and even napping
hours. Even though
they did not increase
her hearing because
she deﬁnitely had a
profound loss, I knew that we were working towards keeping
those hair cells alive in the cochlea so as to s mulate the brain.
A er all, listening is about the brain and not the ears!
Both girls got their ﬁrst cochlear implant in 1998 - one at age 3.5
and the other at age one. They con nued to hear with a hearing
aid on the other side, again, for nerve s mula on un l 2010
when they both got their second cochlear implant on the same
day. It was a memorable day!
What were your impressions of JTC from a “then-and-
now” perspec ve?
Fanny: John Tracy Clinic is very dear and near to our hearts. My
ﬁrst experience was, of course, posi ve and it con nues to be
so every me I visit. I was fortunate enough that since I had
two children who were born by all deﬁni ons, deaf, with a small
“d”, I was able to a end two Summer Session experiences with
them and my parents. I have also made it a point to visit the
clinic every me we go to LA, like a pilgrimage.
I don’t ever want to forget that feeling of hope that I got when I
ﬁrst received those correspondence courses via mail and when
I met the John Tracy Clinic Staﬀ for the ﬁrst me! Every me I
step inside, to this day, I feel a lump in my throat and my eyes
well up with tears of joy because I had come to a good place.
John Tracy Clinic empowered me as a parent and taught me to
advocate for my children so that I could teach them to advocate
for themselves. Then I had to invest a great deal of pa ence and
eﬀort so that our lives could be more like that of our peers. Now
I ﬁnd that life has more similari es than diﬀerences, but part
of it is because taking me to double the eﬀorts has become
second nature to the girls.
In Her Own Words... Vittoria Shares
Her Cochlear Implant Experience
Iwas [ﬁrst] implanted when I was 3-and-a-half years old.
Before that I was born profoundly deaf. I remember not being
able to hear and [then] being able to hear. I was happy to be
able to hear, but I was delayed in speech as well, so it took
me a few years to be able to speak normally. I was happy to
be able to hear and do things that other kids could do. I was
mainstreamed by the me I was in third grade. I was in the
orchestra by the me I was in fourth grade all the way to high
school - ﬁrst I played the violin then the viola. I’ve also played
the piano since I was 12 years old. By the me I was in 9th grade
I no ced something was oﬀ with my hearing… that I started to
miss parts of conversa ons and got frustrated as well.
Some of my friends who I knew who wore cochlear implants
soon started to get second ones, and I started asking them
what it was like to have a second one. They said it was clearer
and be er to hear [than] before. So I started to do some
research and soon was determined to get a second one. It took
me awhile to convince my mom to let me get a second one
and that summer I got my second one. It was very diﬀerent. I
no ced that I was able to hear clearly and understood things
be er and that was amazing for me. I was happy that I made
the choice to get my second implant and it really improved my
life. But unfortunately six years later my new side had a hard
failure -- it seems that I got my new side from a bad batch and
I made the choice to be re-implanted again for the third me
on my le side and from the ﬁrst week of June to now it has
been working great and I’m really happy that I made the choice
to have two cochlear implants.
Francesca practicing speech
with her little cousin
above - Vittoria Heninger
before her 3rd implant
surgery, shown with
M. Luxford, M.D. and
Audiologist Jocelyn H.
Right - Vittoria two days
This spring, all of us at John Tracy Clinic enthusias cally welcomed
Maria Manotok as our newest member of our Board of Directors.
Maria brings outstanding skills, energy and resources to JTC. We
are so fortunate to have her involvement on our team. Meet Maria
Maria, tell us about your background.
I was born and raised in the Philippines, but decided to pursue a college educa on
in the U.S. I a ended Smith College on the East Coast and a er a few winters there,
I realized something, which probably should have been obvious from the beginning
-- I was more compa ble with the climate of the West Coast. I decided to a end UCLA
Law School, where I met my husband nearly 20 years ago. Without a doubt, our greatest accomplishments
have been our two young children, an inquisi ve li le girl and an energe c li le boy.
How did ﬁrst learn about JTC and what motivated you most about joining our Board?
A good friend and colleague of mine also serves on the JTC Board of Directors, Mark Brubaker. Before my
involvement with the organiza on, he would share stories about the great work being done at John Tracy
Clinic. Having two fairly young children, I am sympathe c to parents who want nothing but the best for their
children and would do anything to help them overcome any challenges, especially something that comes
up earlier in their lives. He suggested a tour of the facili es and as everyone probably already knows, it’s
hard not to be impressed by the JTC programs, the quality of individuals that support it and their level of
commitment. When Mark asked if I would be interested in joining the Board, I was thrilled!
I con nue to be impressed with the professionalism, persistence and integrity with which JTC pursues its
mission. As a new director, I had a ton of ques ons and everyone was so pa ent with me. It quickly became
obvious that every aspect of their programs was though ully considered and more importantly, ul mately
designed to beneﬁt the children.
What are your observations concerning the importance of early intervention for children
with hearing loss?
The beauty of children is that they’re amazingly brave and resilient. They also learn so much faster in their ﬁrst
few years. With early interven on, children with hearing loss can sooner start to develop the skills and adapt
to any hearing device technologies they may need to assimilate into their environment. By providing families
of children with hearing loss with early interven on opportuni es, JTC’s programs help children adjust to their
hearing loss before this can start to act as an obstacle in their lives.
JTC is thankful for the passionate commitment of all of our highly talented professionals
who comprise the JTC Board of Directors! See our complete Board member roster on the
Our Newest Member of JTC’s Board of Directors
ith the support of Vivosonic, a manufacturer of
hearing diagnos c measurement and newborn
hearing screening device technologies, JTC’s Audiology
Services Department acquired a new Integrity V500 System for
use in detec ng infant and toddler hearing abili es.
JTC’s audiology professionals provide comprehensive audiological
evalua ons to more than 2,500 infants and toddlers each year.
The Integrity V500 System will provide JTC’s audiologists with
innova ve auditory evoked response detec on technology
to help ensure their con nued delivery of the high quality
diagnos c assessment services.
“Since JTC is a private non-proﬁt provider, we are dependent on
support from organiza ons, such as Vivosonic, for func onal,
reliable technology equipment that can keep pace with the
high demand for our pediatric audiology services,” said Claire
(con nued next page)
Vivosonic and JTC Forge Hearing Diagnos cs Partnership
Congressional vote is on the fall docket that will
determine whether the U.S. will amend the Public
Health Service Act to reauthorize the federal program
for early detec on, diagnosis, and treatment regarding deaf
and hard-of-hearing newborns, infants, and
young children. The outcome of bill HR 1344,
also referred to as the “Early Hearing Detec on
and Interven on Act of 2015,” has a major
impact on the federal government’s support of
early interven on programs, including newborn
The bill was introduced to Congress on March
10, 2015, by Congressman Bre Guthrie (KY)
and Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA). Updated
informa on about the status of the bill, including
cosponsors can be found at www.congress.gov/
bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1344. Vo ng could take place as
early as September.
Act (HR 1344)?
Contact your Congressman or Congresswoman and ask them to
sign on as a cosponsor of HR 1344.
Generally, the more cosponsors a bill has, the more quickly it
can become a law.
Step 1. Find your Representa ve at www.house.gov/
representa ves/ﬁnd/. Click on the link under his or her picture
Your Voice Counts!
Ask your Congressional Representative to Support Renewal of the
Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act
Sanchez, director, Audiology Services, JTC. “We are grateful to
have the Vivosonic product and look forward to pu ng the latest
technology to great use for the beneﬁt of the infants, toddlers
and their parents who depend on us for comprehensive, high
Mike Schnekenburger, president and CEO, Vivosonic, said “We
are pleased to con nue our partner-
ship with John Tracy Clinic. They have
used the Vivosonic Integrity V500
ABR system for many years and their
new Integrity system will help pro-
vide ABR diagnos c services to many
more families. The equipment is infant and parent friendly. The
Integrity V500 lets clinics perform assessments without seda-
on on awake, quiet pa ents or on pa ents in natural sleep. The
unique technology and wireless capabili es allow caregivers to
comfort and carry a child during tes ng to keep them calm and
sleeping to facilitate a faster test result.”
to visit their website and get their telephone number. It is
generally most eﬀec ve to call the DC oﬃce.
Step 2. Call your Representa ve. Phone calls have been shown
to be more eﬀec ve than emails and le ers.
Introduce yourself and clearly state that you live
in their district:
“Hello, my name is [your name] and I am a
cons tuent in Representa ve _____’s district.
I am a [parent of a child with hearing loss or
audiologist or early interven on provider or
teacher of the deaf or …] and am calling to
encourage Rep. _______ to vote for HR 1344,
which reauthorizes the Early Hearing Detec on
and Interven on program.”
Give reasons you support EHDI - If possible, cite data. Use
statements from documents like the NIH Fact Sheet online:
Make a plan to follow up: e.g., “Can I call back in a week to
make sure you’ve had me to read the bill and ﬁnd out if
Representa ve [name] is willing to sign on a co-sponsor?”
Don’t give up -- As Congressman Guthrie pointed
out, cons tuents who make the eﬀort to personally
communicate with their Senators and Representa ves are
more inﬂuen al than lobbyists.
Turn your love for JTC into tangible
support that will help us beneﬁt
more families, both now and into
Put your support to work right away by
making a gi of cash or stock today.
Magnify your support by holding a fundraiser or crowdfunding
campaign with proceeds beneﬁ ng JTC; or, ﬁnd out whether
your employer could contribute a corporate matching gi .
Finally, consider a legacy gi to beneﬁt JTC in years to come by
including JTC in your estate plans. For details and recogni on
informa on, visit the donors sec on of our website at jtc.org or
contact Joey Perlmu er in our Oﬃce of Development at (213)
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