Winsted boy helps raise funds for children with hearing difficulties

May 12, 2008

By Linda Scherer
Staff Writer

Nine-year-old Lucas Morang of Winsted has worn a hearing aid since he was four years old, and it has allowed him to have close to normal hearing.

Because it has made such a difference in his life, he has been raising money so other children with hearing problems are able to get the help they need, as well.

To further his cause, Lucas recently took a check to the Starkey Hearing Foundation for $2,900. It was money that he made in a coffee klatch and silent auction fundraiser, which took place at Duran’s Photography studio April 19.

With the help of his mother, Donna Morang, and his younger brother Duncan, 6, Lucas’ plan for the April fundraiser was to raise $1,200 which was how much he had made for the Starkey foundation at his fall carnival fundraiser in October.

The goal Lucas had set made his mom a little nervous because she didn’t want Lucas to be disappointed if he didn’t make it.

Imagine his mother’s surprise when the April fundraiser made more than twice as much.

This will be the fourth fundraiser the Morangs have hosted. Donna said that Lucas does all of the asking for donations. He is also the motivator getting everyone involved when he says, “We have to do more so other kids can hear.”

Because of Lucas’ generous heart, last year the Starkey foundation asked Lucas to be the 2007 poster child for the “So the World May Hear” Starkey Hearing Foundation Awards Gala at the River Centre in St. Paul.

As the poster child, Lucas represented all of the kids in the world the foundation has helped. Since the year 2000, the Starkey Hearing Foundation has provided 255,000 hearing aids all over the world including Africa, Asia, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, Mexico, South America, and the United States.

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