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DYC Student Honored for Inspiring Those with Hearing Loss

Brendan Kane, a business management major, Class of 2017, was honored by the HearStrong Foundation.

Buffalo, New York – April 29, 2015 – Brendan Kane, a business management major, Class of 2017, at D’Youville College was recognized by the HearStrong Foundation along with two other individuals for helping to change the face of hearing loss in their community at a ceremony at the Hilton Chicago on April 23 to honor the inspirational teens.

They were cited for their determination to overcome hearing loss and inspire others to take control of their hearing health.

Brendan’s experience in tackling obstacles started when he was very young. The Orchard Park native was diagnosed with hearing loss as an infant and first began using hearing devices when he was 18 months old, according the Foundation’ news release. “This early adoption allowed Brendan to adapt very well personally, socially, academically, and athletically.”

Passionate about lacrosse, Brendan received numerous awards throughout his Orchard Park High School career and was team captain on the lacrosse team.

“Despite his hearing loss, Brendan shined while on the lacrosse field,” said Brendan’s mom Kathy.

Representatives of the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bears, and Chicago NBA legends joined the youths at the special ceremony.

Athletic talent apparently runs in the family. His cousin is Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane who sent a heartfelt video message to the ceremony.

“Brendan is a powerful example of determination and hard work in the community. He’s an inspiration to others and we all support him in spreading the HearStrong message,” Patrick Kane said.

In his spare time, Brendan works at People, Inc. assisting his paraplegic friend with his day-to-day needs.

The HearStrong Foundation, headquartered in Syracuse, was founded in 2013 with the goal of inspiring a mass hearing healthcare awareness movement in the U.S and beyond.