Cochlear implant gives Polar Express volunteer joy again
Fox 8 Cleveland | By Adrienne Dipizaaz, December 15, 2017
CLEVELAND, Ohio– It wouldn’t be Christmas in the Cuyahoga Valley without a ride on the Polar Express. The magical train ride modeled after the popular children’s book is a tradition for many families in Northeast Ohio.
For 11 years, conductor and volunteer, Alan Grafton, has wowed kids on the train with his ticket-punching skills. “When I talk to people I like to see them smile; I like to see them react,” Grafton explained.
Kids look forward to seeing Grafton and watching him shine a light through their name punched on their ticket. “It’s just so noisy with the kids and all the activity but it’s a great noise,” Grafton said.
But Grafton, who struggled with hearing all his life, started losing his hearing. The noises he loved on the train became very distant, until one day he couldn’t hear at all.
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