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John was also a member of a coalition of national consumer organizations serving deaf and hard of hearing populations that meet to discuss strategies for dealing with common access issues called Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network (DHHCAN).
John was on the National Mission Advisory Panel for the Lauren Clerc National Deaf Center, and a volunteer writer and speaker for Friends of the Library Deaf Association, FOLDA.
He also attended Mystic Oral School in Connecticut and graduated from Mica High School, which is now Fort A. He initiated a Christian ministry for the deaf and served that ministry at Fredericksburg Baptist Church for 28 years.
He was a friend and interpreter for the deaf at hospitals, jails and the court system.
Inspiration: Riley Kovalcik, left, penned the note to Coleman after she and her identical twin sister, Erin, right, who is also hearing impaired, heard his story.
Her dad, Jake, center, tweeted the letter Her dad, Jake Kovalcik, then tweeted the heart-melting letter to the 23-year-old with the comment @Seahawks @DC2forlife you've inspired my little girls in a way I never could. #Seahawks #Super Bowl XLVIII, and the photo has since taken the internet by storm.
'They are wonderful, incredibly outgoing little girls' 'He inspired my daughters but it's a great thing he's doing not just for hearing impaired kids or kids with other disabilities, he's showing all kids that if you work hard and you dedicate yourself whatever deficiencies you have, you can be great.
I wanted to thank him.'We have never treated them differently, it's just been "everyone has their challenges, this is how you're different and you do the best you can,"' Kovalcik said.
Marshall Todd Toddie Bland, 41 of Christiansburg, died Sunday, March 9, 2008 in the University Hospital, Charlottesville, VA. Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at The Horne Funeral Home. Thursday, March 13, 2008 in the Horne Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles Christie The Reverend Charles Christie, 93 The Reverend Charles Christie, 93, of Port Royal died Tuesday, February 12, 2008, at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA. He was educated at a variety of state schools for the deaf, wherever his father, who was career Army, was stationed.
He served as president of the Virginia Baptist Conference for the Deaf in 19 and also as a senior trustee.
He was ordained as a minister to the deaf at the age of 80 by the Reverend Willis A.