Rori is 51-years old. In 2013 she began having difficulty walking and speaking. A school teacher, her worsening symptoms forced her to retire 5-years ago. Today, she can no longer walk and she "speaks" by typing her words on her phone and having her husband read them aloud.
"I can no longer speak at all! I can only communicate through text. I have seen numerous medical doctors, neurologists, infectious disease doctors, functional chiropractors, biological dentists, osteopathic doctors, functional medicine doctors, naturopaths, homeopathic doctors and specialists in skeletal and muscular diseases etc. Doctors and specialists have told me I have primary progressive MS, stiff persons disease, mercury poisoning, lyme disease, HSP, PLS, but all the tests inevitably come back negative. No doctor can agree on what I have and no treatment has worked..."
VocaliD is excited to partner with Chasing the Cure to help Rori regain her vocal independence and her unique individual identity.
In order to help Rori, we need YOUR help. We are looking for women to contribute their voice to Rori so that we can in turn build her a custom synthetic voice that she can use on a text-to-speech app. If your voice is chosen, it will be modified to sound unique to Rori and your anonymity will be strictly protected.
Rori is looking for a voice that sounds ... like her. A voice that captures her spirit and personality.
Will you help Rori by sharing your voice?
Click the link below and you can contribute your voice via our Human Voicebank platform. Be sure to check off the box for "Rori's Voice - Chasing the Cure".
I'm contributing my voice to Rori. Join the cause and help Rori in her journey. Contribute your voice today! #ChasingTheCure #VoiceForRori
WHAT IS REQUIRED TO SHARE MY VOICE?
HOW DO I SHARE MY VOICE?
Go to our Human Voicebank Portal and register, audition, then record! It is that easy and all you need is a laptop, quiet room, and a headset with microphone.
WILL RORI SOUND LIKE... ME?
No, voices contributed will be modified in synthesis to sound unique to Rori and to protect voice contributor anonymity.
CAN I SEND YOU RECORDINGS OF MY VOICE?
Unfortunately not. We require recording within our portal in order to control the quality and compatibility of the recordings so that we can build the very best voice.
DO I NEED A RECORDING STUDIO TO DO THIS?
Not at all! If you have one, great, BUT this can easily be done from a quiet space in your home with just your computer (no tablets or smartphones) and a headset!
CAN I DO THIS ON MY PHONE?
Currently you can only access and record on the Human Voicebank portal via the web using a Mac or PC running *Google Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.
*We recommend Google Chrome for best quality.
I DON'T HAVE A HEADSET....
Most gaming headsets will work. Do not use one with noise cancellation as this feature can actually distort the recordings and won't allow us to produce a high quality voice. We recommend the Turtle Beach Recon 50 .
Chasing the Cure is a groundbreaking initiative that uses a weekly 90-minute LIVE television broadcast and a 24/7 global digital platform to help people suffering from undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or uncured medical mysteries. The LIVE series links patients with medical experts and a community of medical detectives. Together, they will work to find answers.
Chasing the Cure is anchored and executive produced by award-winning journalist and humanitarian Ann Curry. It premiered August 8. Watch the trailer and get involved!