Marathoner pays it forward by raising funds for others with hearing loss

Neil Johnson has been blessed with the ability to hear through the cutting-edge science of a cochlear implant. Now, he has decided to pay it forward and raise funds for The Luke Lee Listening and Language Lab, also known as "The L," which is the first preschool program in West Virginia providing listening and spoken language instruction for children with hearing loss.

Johnson said he is raising money for this cause because it’s close to his heart.

"I am seeking sponsorship of $1, $2 and $3 per mile as I run the Marshall University Marathon on Nov. 5," Johnson said. "All proceeds will benefit The L because their goal is to teach deaf children to listen and speak through the use of state-of-the-art technology, including hearing aids and cochlear implants."

Learn more about Johnson’s fundraising efforts for The L by visiting his Facebook event page at:

For more information on The L, visit online.


Photo: Neil Johnson (top) will run the Marshall University Marathon Nov. 5 and is seeking sponsorship for each mile he runs to benefit Marshall University’s Luke Lee Listening and Language Lab. He is shown with some of the children who participate in The L’s programs.