Denver WALKs for the Hydrocephalus Association - August 25, 2013

Posted 6/11/13

More than 700 walkers are expected to mobilize for the Hydrocephalus Association’s Denver WALK on Sunday, August 25 at Redstone Park In Highlands Ranch. All of the proceeds will be used to eliminate the challenges of hydrocephalus by funding critical research and program services.

Highlands Ranch, August 25th – More than 700 walkers representing local families, schools, corporations and organizations are expected to mobilize for the Hydrocephalus Association’s (HA) Denver WALK. The event will take place Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 10 AM at Redstone Park, Highlands Ranch. Money raised will support the HA’s national goal to raise more than $1.1 million for critical hydrocephalus research and education.

“There’s no cure for hydrocephalus and the current treatment was developed in the 1950s. We need to raise money for research to find a cure and improve treatment options,” says Phyllis Rogers, who is chairperson for the Denver WALK. “Anyone can develop hydrocephalus at any age and it’s more prevalent than most people think. It’s time to find a cure.”

Phyllis’ daughter developed hydrocephalus as a result of prematurity in 1992, and in less than 21 years, has endured 19 brain surgeries as a result of the condition.  The summer of 2003 was a particularly difficult year, when her daughter endured 5 surgeries within a 3-week period.  "Getting through the shock and the periods of uncertainty following diagnosis and multiple surgeries would not have been possible without the support provided by the Hydrocephalus Association."

A Kickoff event has been scheduled for all prospective team captains on Saturday, June 22 at Loveland Sports Park, Shelter 2, from 1-3pm. To RSVP for the Kickoff, or for more information on the Denver WALK for hydrocephalus, call (720) 984.7420. New Family Teams (teams with a family member with hydrocephalus) may order a free Family Teams Kit from the Hydrocephalus Association (call 888-598-3789 or e-mail info@hydroassoc.org). Pre-registration for the WALK is available at www.walk4hydro.kintera.org/Denver.

Last year the Hydrocephalus Association WALKs raised more than $1 million from 35 sites. This year fundraising is expected to top $1.1 million. All Hydrocephalus Association WALKs are coordinated and run solely by volunteers with all of the proceeds used to eliminate the challenges of hydrocephalus by funding critical research and program services.

Founded in 1983 by the parents of children with hydrocephalus, the Hydrocephalus Association is the nation’s largest and most widely respected organization dedicated to hydrocephalus. More than 60 percent of HA's funding comes from individual donations and events, and approximately 35 percent comes from foundation and corporate grants. The Hydrocephalus Association's mission is to eliminate the challenges of hydrocephalus. For more information, visit the Hydrocephalus Association Web site at www.hydroassoc.org or call (888) 598-3789.

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