Seattle Seahawks Running Back Supports Children Born With Microtia

Jul 16, 2014, 12:57 ET from K and B Surgical Center

LOS ANGELES, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Seattle Seahawks running back, Derrick Coleman, Jr. enjoyed a fun afternoon tossing the football and signing T-shirts with children having Microtia (born without one or both ears) and their families at Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, California on Saturday, July 12th.  He was there not only to meet the children, but to support Earicles (Miracles for Ears), a non-profit that helps children born with Microtia, by speaking at their annual fundraiser and silent auction. 

Derrick Coleman, Jr. has been deaf since the age of three.  Told by coaches he'd never make it, and teased as a child by his peers, Derrick's sheer will and determination allowed him to overcome tremendous obstacles in his young life; and, against all odds, make it to the NFL and the Championship! 

"He is such an inspiration to these children, and he truly understands their plight," says Dr. Sheryl Lewin, a Craniofacial Pediatric Plastic Surgeon, and the founder of Earicles.  "We were thrilled to have Derrick join us!"

Dr. Lewin founded Earicles in 2012 to give children with Microtia an opportunity to excel through education, advocacy, research, and ear reconstruction surgery for those whose families might not otherwise be able to afford the cost.

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