Help us be a FORCE against Hydrocephalus!
Please join us, TEAM G-FORCE, as we WALK to End Hydrocephalus on Saturday, September 21st in Batimore's Inner Harbor!
This year will be our third year walking in the Baltimore WALK to End Hydrocephalus as our family team, Team G-Force. The past two years, we've had more than 40 people walking together each year, in support of our Hydro Warrior, Gemma. To date we have raised close to $15,000 for the Hydrocephalus Association! All of this is done in the name of continued awareness and education about this life-altering condition and hope that one day there will be NO MORE BRAIN SURGERIES!
Born at 28-weeks, Gemma was born very tiny and very sick, and as a result suffered a grade 3/4 bilateral brain bleed. This brain injury ultimately led to the condition known as hydrocephalus, for which there is NO cure and something she will have to deal with her entire life. In fact, her first year of preschool, which is supposed to be an exciting, joyous period of a child and parent's life, was marred by the fact that Gemma experienced three shunt failures in a six month period and endured multiple surgeries and many days in the hospital --- all because of hydrocephalus and the faulty nature of the devices that manage this condition.
Hydrocephalus (or "water on the brain") is a life altering, life threatening condition, caused by an abnormal accumulation of cerebral spinal fluid, resulting in pressure on the brain. The most common treatment for this condition is brain surgery to implant a medical device called a shunt, which has a 50% failure rate in children within the first two years. Gemma is living evidence of this statistic, as she has experienced numerous malfunctions. In total, she has undergone NINE brain surgeries because of her hydrocephalus.
A shunt is not a cure as its consistent failures lead to multiple brain surgeries over a patient’s lifetime, in some cases 100 or more. This is unacceptable and this is WHY WE WALK.
Please join us and our FORCE against HYDROCEPHALUS! You can help support Gemma and those with hydrocephalus by joining our team and helping us fund raise to reach our goal. Or you can simply make an individual donation by clicking the orange button to the right of this page. Your donation is greatly appreciated and will go far in helping us find a cure and improve the lives of people living with hydrocephalus.