An Evening on the Cape

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by David Moore

On a Saturday evening in Cape Cod, there are a myriad of activities one can do to entertain themselves. So why would anyone want to spend that evening learning about Hydrocephalus? Yet, that is exactly what 35 people did on the evening of July 31— joining Barrett O’Connor and her husband Paul Rogers for a lovely evening of cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres to raise awareness of, and raise funds for, hydrocephalus research.
Barrett, who is both a parent of a child with hydrocephalus and a member of our board of directors, is committed to raising funds to underwrite the expense of a Mentored Young Investigator grant. Her gathering was a wonderful success toward reaching  that goal.

I was so impressed with the turn out and the guests’ genuine interest in learning more about hydrocephalus. And, as often happens, I learned through conversation that several of guests know of someone close to them with Hydrocephalus. It never ceases to amaze me how many lives are touched by hydrocephalus, yet the condition has yet to garner the attention it deserves.

It can be such a complicated and difficult condition to explain. But, guest speaker Dr. Joseph Madsen gave a detailed explanation of hydrocephalus in a manner that the guests could appreciate and comprehend.

HA’s CEO Laurene McKillop expressed her outrage that hydrocephalus does not receive the attention and funding it deserves, while detailing how we are changing that perspective.

The highlight of the evening was Barrett’s heartfelt presentation on raising a child with hydrocephalus and her commitment to funding research to improve treatments and, someday, find a cure. It was quite moving to see the crowd’s emotional reaction to her story.

It was a wonderful event that ended with a number of new friends and supporters of HA.


1 Comments for : An Evening on the Cape
    • heather kluter
    • August 26, 2010

    I love the article above! It would be very helpful to learn a bit more about the event so others can get tips for conducting their own funsraising and awareness events – things like how the event was structured, how funds were raised and how much was spent vs raised – or a contact email to get in touch with Ms. O/Connor if she’s willing to correspond. I personally would be inspired to speak with her.

    Also, when events like this are conducted it would be fabulous if it was possible to share video clips of the event, like Ms. O’Connor’s speech, to add a bit more inspiration to the post.

    Thanks for sharing!

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