Help our team raise money to support the Hydrocephalus Association
What is hydrocephalus?
According to the Hydrocephalus Association,
"Hydrocephalus comes from the Greek words hydro meaning water and cephalus meaning head.
Hydrocephalus is an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within cavities in the brain called ventricles. Cerebrospinal fluid is produced in the ventricles and in the choroid plexus. It circulates through the ventricular system in the brain and is absorbed into the bloodstream. This fluid is in constant circulation and has many functions, including to surround the brain and spinal cord and act as a protective cushion against injury. It contains nutrients and proteins necessary for the nourishment and normal function of the brain, and carries waste products away from surrounding tissues.
Hydrocephalus occurs when there is an imbalance between the amount of CSF that is produced and the rate at which it is absorbed. As the CSF builds up, it causes the ventricles to enlarge and the pressure inside the head to increase.
Who develops hydrocephalus?
Hydrocephalus affects a wide range of people, from infants and older children to young, middle-aged and older adults.
Over 1,000,000 people in the United States currently live with hydrocephalus.
For every 1,000 babies born in this country, one to two will have hydrocephalus.
Hydrocephalus is the most common reason for brain surgery in children.
It is estimated that more than 700,000 Americans have NPH, but less than 20% receive an appropriate diagnosis." ¹
¹ "Hydrocephalus". Hydrocephalus Association, 9 August 2016, www.hydroassoc.org/hydrocephalus/.
What are we doing?
Many of our staff members are going to participate in the walk this year on September 29, 2018. We want to help raise money for the Hydrocephalus Association. Any donation could help us out!
To donate to one of our Team Members, stop by one of our branches or donate online.
Check out Oliver's Story
Oliver was diagnosed with hydrocephalus at 18 months old when he suddenly developed difficulty walking. He went from walking normally to being unable to make it a few steps without falling. After multiple scans, his doctors found a small brain tumor (tectal glioma) which impedes the normal flow of spinal fluid in his brain causing hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is a life altering, life threatening condition, caused by an abnormal accumulation of cerebral spinal fluid, resulting in pressure on the brain.