Seattle Hydrocephalus Walk
We are excited to be one of the sponsors for the 7th Annual Seattle Hydrocephalus Walk this year! The Walk is on Saturday, August 12th at Magnuson Park in Seattle at 9:00 am.
Now, what the heck is hydrocephalus? Even though there are over a million people in the United States living with it, it is not a commonly known condition. Hydrocephalus is a medical condition where cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) doesn’t drain from the brain properly. There is no cure and the only treatment is brain surgery! For most cases of hydrocephalus, the surgeries are to insert a tube, called a shunt, into the brain to help the CSF drain properly. This is great, but the average shunt only works for 2-4 years and then brain surgery is needed again. With shunt malfunctions, people with hydrocephalus have debilitating headaches and other health complications, and may need another brain surgery to fix their shunt at any time.
The Seattle Hydrocephalus Association benefits the Hydrocephalus Association and Seattle Children’s Hospital. We got involved and became a sponsor because our marketing coordinator, Mary, was born with hydrocephalus and has 10 brain surgeries. Although this may seem like a lot of surgeries, there are people who have had well over 100 brain surgeries. Anyone at any age can get hydrocephalus.
If you’re interested in learning more about hydrocephalus or the Seattle Walk, visit the Walk website here. The Walk is a a 5K with shorter routes available. It is just as much about raising awareness as it is to raise money, so it is completely free to walk!
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