By Jordan Faigen, National Campaigns Manager
Throughout the 2011 WALK season I have worked with over 60 WALK Chairs to coordinate 30 plus events all over the country. The Hydrocephalus Association’s (HA) WALK program started in 1983 with a few families walking across the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, CA to support each other and raise hydrocephalus awareness. Today, HA has expanded this tradition of building strength in numbers with the help of our fearless and devoted WALK Chairs who never cease to provide welcoming and empowering WALKs to the community.
In addition to bringing hydrocephalus into the limelight, these WALKs give families who thought they were all alone a chance to connect with people who are going through similar experiences. People, who suffer daily from lack of community, create bonds with other members of the hydrocephalus community as they walk together and enjoy the day.
It is a joy to work with each and every chair as they strive to build a unique and enchanting event, filled with family friendly activities, educational opportunities and space to foster new friendships. I am continually in awe of each WALK Chair’s passion for the cause and their strength to persevere through
numerous logistical road blocks. I applaud our WALK Chairs for what they have done, and continue to do, for our greater hydrocephalus community.
With our WALK Chairs taking the lead we have raised over $875,000 this year with 651 teams and over 10,000 participants. Our WALKs included mascots, a helicopter, DJs, neurosurgeons, singers, a dunk tank, bands and the Jr. ROTC and we are excited to see what next year brings. We are already preparing for our 2012 WALK season, which will include additional WALK locations, more participants and increased awareness of hydrocephalus. Check our WALK schedule in the near future for the most up to date information about the 2012 WALKs.
If you are interested in starting a WALK please contact firstname.lastname@example.org