Rivka, our first grantee from Florida, was born in Moldavia and lost much of her hearing at the age of three. She lived in Israel before emigrating to the United States at the age of six. Both her parents also have severe hearing losses. Nevertheless, Rivka has managed to succeed, while helping her parents, who only speak Russian. Rivka enjoys athletic activities like swimming and gymnastics, has been a volunteer for the Humane Society, and has worked part-time as an orthodontic assistant and gymnastic instructor to help the family make ends meet. Rivka is attending Florida Atlantic University, with one option being neonatal nursing.