HEAR HEAR: Rhys Edwards received bilateral cochlear implants. Now he and his family are giving back by raising money for charity Hear and Say.
HEAR HEAR: Rhys Edwards received bilateral cochlear implants. Now he and his family are giving back by raising money for charity Hear and Say. Contributed

Family wants to give back after son receives implant

UNLIKE other children, Marburg boy Rhys Judd was only given the gift of hearing at two and a half years of age.

Now five-years old, Rhys and his family are raising money to give back to the organisation that helped give them so much.

"He was two-and-a-half when he was diagnosed as profoundly deaf and received his cochlear implant," Rhys's mother Amanda said.

"Hear and Say worked so hard to get Rhys his implant sooner rather than later.

"It was a life changing moment for him, I really don't know where we would be without them."

Rhys and his uncle Bryce Edwards will be completing the Swiss Colour Run on October 12 with the goal of raising $2500 for the Hear and Say organisation.

"Hear and Say educates parents that children with cochlear implants can do anything any other children can do," Mrs Judd said.

"We'd like to raise as much for them as possible. Rhys is excited to get in on the action and we'll be there supporting him all the way."

Mr Edwards' and Rhys's online campaign has already raised an impressive $1880, just more than $600 short of their overall goal.

"Hearing that your child, or in my case, your nephew, is deaf is a massive blow," Mr Edwards said.

"But the thing that I always said to myself was at least there is this amazing technology around that can help him."

For more information on Rhys's run for Hear and Say visit everydayhero.com.au



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