My name is Chara, and my daughter Ema was born with hydrocephalus and recently underwent three back to back brain surgeries – a shunt revision, a shunt infection and the placement of a new shunt this summer. She is 5 years old and has already endured 9 brain surgeries, and countless other procedures.
As I sat by my daughter’s hospital bedside, I vowed not to allow despair to overcome me and to do everything in my power to raise awareness and find a cure. In my desperation, I connected with the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant that organized a group of contestants to volunteer at the 2013 Chattanooga WALK. I was given the chance of a lifetime to have my precious Ema meet the 2013 Miss Tennessee, Shelby Claire Thompson, then later the 2014 Miss Tennessee, Hayley Lewis.
This opportunity has opened many doors to get the word out about hydrocephalus and I’m now on a quest to raise money to cure hydrocephalus within my daughter’s lifetime.
Please join me today and give a holiday gift of hope to Ema and the 1 million people affected by hydrocephalus. A donation of any amount will be used to further our progress and bring the Hydrocephalus Association one step closer to ending this life-threatening condition.
Thanks to donors like you, my family is going into the holiday season a bit more hopeful this year because of the great research progress that has already been made through of your generosity over the years. I hope you will consider sending a research gift today so we might continue to further this meaningful work.
Thank you in advance for your kindness and warm wishes for a joyful holiday!
Dr. Chara McLaughen, DHSc, PA-C
Chair, Chattanooga HA WALK
P.S. Check out some of the media exposure we received and my princess in action.