Dillon Wades was born with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and hydrocephalus, for which he has 2 shunts. ABC 7 affiliate ConnectAmarillo.com highlight the Wades family and their sons, Dillon and Connor, as examples of the Panhandle Spirit.
A UCLA Newsroom press release details the findings of life scientists from UCLA and Australia showing that when the brain’s primary “learning center” is damaged, parts of the prefrontal cortex take over. The findings could help in the development of new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and other conditions involving damage to the brain.
Progress-index.com reports on ten-year-old Casey Wray of Colonial Heights, VA, who was given an all expense paid trip to to New Jersey to see WWE’s WrestleMania by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Casey has hydrocephalus and, on the trip with his family, met other families from all over the world, including another little boy from Kansas with hydrocephalus.
The Doings Clarendon Hills newspaper, a publication of the Chicago Sun-Times, reports on 10 year-old Jayne Crouthamel, Easter Seals Youth Ambassador, who captivated audiences at the DuPage and Fox Valley Region annual gala.
Brian Couch of Lake Stevens, WA, will join Team Hydro for the Alcatraz Sharkfest on May 19th in San Francisco, CA. Team Hydro raises funds for research to find a cure for hydrocephalus. The funds are presented annually to the Hydrocephalus Association. Peter and Sam Finlayson founded Team Hydro after the death of their 26-year-old sister, Kate Finlayson. Kate had more than 100 surgeries before she died in 2010.
To donate to Team Hydro, go to www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1061674&supId=369342555.
The British online newspaper, MailOnline, provides an update on Baby Roona with moving pictures and accounts from her parents.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports on our very own Olivia Maccoux who has shone as a star athlete. Park Center high school classmates have dubbed her the ‘Iron Athlete’ for her incredible athletic performances and perseverance.
New Vision, a Ugandan newspaper, reports that health estimates show over 2,500 new cases of hydrocephalus are reported each year. Since treatment can be cost prohibitive, Johnson Derek, the Executive Director for CURE hospital in Mbale, states that they have developed a way to assess families ability to pay and are providing children much needed medical help.
Researches from the Texas A&M Institute of Biosciences and Technology have found a connection between hydrocephalus and a genetic defect, a finding that may eventually lead to treatments for this form of hydrocephalus.
Robin Friedrich shares her son Clayton’s story of being born with hydrocephalus in the Columbia Missourian From Our Readers series. She has made it her life mission to raise awareness for hydrocephalus. She will participate in the St. Louis WALK this September.