John is a healthy, handsome 14-year-old who likes fishing; playing football, soccer, and baseball; working on the computer; and making movies on his iPad. John was born deaf and learned American Sign Language to help him communicate. Though he could communicate with others, John wanted to hear sound. At the age of 13, John received bi-lateral cochlear implants, surgically implanted hearing aids, at The Children’s Hospital Medical University of South Carolina, where he still attends speech therapy. Since the surgery, John’s hearing is in the normal range and he is now in a mainstream classroom where his favorite subjects are math and English. After watching “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” John decided he wanted to go to Washington and tell everyone how his children’s hospital has helped him hear. Currently, John is in foster care and is looking for an adoptive family. John wants to go to college and become a chef or teacher of the deaf in other countries.