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Wayne Roorda

An Advocate. A Humanitarian. My Friend.

Wayne Roorda Sr. has been a patient of mine for many years. He is one of those rare individuals who I rank as incomparable and unforgettable. Over the years, I’ve come to know quite a few things about Wayne;

He lost his hearing as a young boy growing up in Arizona. He has a passion for aviation. He loves science. Wayne attended Galludet College in Washington, D.C. He’s a genius when it comes to maintaining the U.S. government’s computer systems. He has raised two delightful sons who are both civil engineers working for the State of NJ. He has two grandchildren, with one more on the way. He is married to a lovely lady from Brazil, who was born hearing-impaired.

Several years ago, Wayne became one of the first people to undergo cochlear implantation in an experimental study at Johns Hopkins University Medical School in Baltimore, Maryland. As a result of undergoing this procedure, Wayne can now hear and process almost everything that he had lost as a young boy. Since then, Wayne has assisted innumerable people to have cochlear implants.

He has a passion for helping others less fortunate than himself. Wayne has the biggest heart.

And for this, Wayne has been selected to receive the 2014 Rocky Stone Humanitarian Award at the HLAA Convention in Austin, Texas this June.

Wayne did not solicit this award; it was extended to him to honor the work that he has done to help the hard of hearing. It is an award that is well deserved!

I really get more from Wayne than he gives me, and I am very grateful to call him my friend.

Congratulations, Wayne!