The Hydrocephalus Association’s (HA) WALK program was once just a small group of San Francisco Bay area families taking a stroll to support each other and the local hydrocephalus community. Now our WALK program spans the entire country with more than 12,000 participants! While new WALK sites are frequently added to our schedule we understand that there isn’t an HA WALK site in every area…yet.
HA’s Virtual WALK is an online fundraising initiative that allows people to register and hold their own symbolic WALK while still raising money for the Hydrocephalus Association (HA). Register for HA’s Virtual WALK and use your personal WALK donation page to encourage family and friends to sponsor you with a donation. Virtual walkers are welcome to walk in their own neighborhood at a time and distance convenient for them, or invite others, host a backyard BBQ, have a bowling night or hold any other activity to bring their community together in the name of hydrocephalus.
Brenda Short, from Canada, took advantage of this unique WALK opportunity and shared her story with us:
“For my Virtual Walk I pushed my boy, who has hydrocephalus, Logan in his wheelchair while my older kids ran in a 1 mile race to earn points for their school’s running club. I always enjoy getting out and having Logan do the things his big sister (9 yrs) and big brother (7 yrs) do, and the faster Logan goes, the more he enjoys it. So far this year we have been in 4 races and he is usually the youngest wheelchair athlete participating.”
Meagan from South Dakota also participated in our Virtual WALK program:
“My daughter has hydrocephalus due to aqueductal stenosis. She had an endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) procedure at 7 months old. She is almost 5 and doing amazing. We are very blessed. We did a family walk along the Big Sioux River.”
We look forward to hearing other stories from Virtual WALKers as the Virtual WALK continues to raise money and awareness for hydrocephalus.