Dear Duracell, Seattle Seahawks, and especially Derrick Coleman,
I just wanted to thank you all for the amazing commercial you made. My five year old son and I watched it together today, and then we watched it again and again. It meant so much to us.
You see, my son has moderately-severe hearing loss and has been wearing hearing aids for the last year. Those hearing aids have changed his world. But they have also brought something else to all of us. Cameron has always paid close attention to things because he couldn’t hear, and he continues to pay close attention to details today. He has noticed that most people don’t have hearing aids.
There aren’t a lot of characters in kids books or movies with hearing aids. And he’s certainly never seen a football player with hearing aids. I wish you could have seen the expression on his face as we watched the commercial. At first, he seemed a little confused by the big guy with hearing aids. Then he got excited when he saw the boy with hearing aids. “He has hearing aids like me!” And then I just saw amazement on his face as he realized that the boy with hearing aids grew up and is playing football with them.
My little boy loves football. Really he loves all sports. I didn’t know it before today, but he apparently didn’t know that you could play sports if you have hearing aids. While we were watching the commercial for the second or third time, Cameron asked me if the boy got big and then played football. I said yes. Cameron then said to me, “Can I play football when I get big with my hearing aids?” You bet you can, buddy. I wish you could have seen how his whole face lit up.
The commercial on its own is something special. As a mom of a boy with hearing loss, its something that touches my heart and brings tears to my eyes. But to a boy with hearing loss, the commercial is something amazing that brought the whole world to his finger tips.
Now I know that the chances of Cameron playing football in the NFL are very slim, but you have made him see that it is a possibility. And maybe if you can play football with hearing aids, you can do anything with them. Maybe he can dream big because this story was shared with the world. Before today we didn’t know there was a professional football player with hearing loss. And now Cameron knows that his hearing aids don’t have to keep him from working towards his dreams.
Now, to be honest, we’re a family of Bears fans, but this weekend we’ll all be rooting for the Seahawks.
Thank you so much. Thank you for this story. Thank you for working hard and not giving up. Thank you for showing my son that his dreams can come true in a way that I never could show him.
If you haven’t seen this amazing commercial you can find it here: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/01/14/the-viral-nfl-ad-that-literally-gave-us-goosebumps/