Best-selling Columbia Author Chairs Event for Incurable Brain Condition

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Chuck Walsh, a best-selling fiction writer who hails from Columbia, South Carolina, will join forces with the Hydrocephalus Association on Saturday, September 19, as the Honorary Chair of the 3rd Annual Columbia Hydrocephalus Association WALK. The WALK will raise funds to support the Hydrocephalus Association’s critical research initiatives and current education and outreach programs that support individuals living with hydrocephalus, an incurable brain condition where the only treatment option requires brain surgery.

“It is a privilege to participate in Columbia’s 3rd Annual Hydrocephalus Walk. I am humbled to have been invited to be a part of this worthy cause. Knowing the WALK is organized and run by volunteers, and that all proceeds go to the Hydrocephalus Association, makes the efforts of these amazing people so honorable, “ shared Chuck. “Please join me in supporting this wonderful event so that we may increase awareness, expand access to life-saving surgical treatment, and fund research for better ways to combat this chronic illness.”

Chuck developed a passion for writing in 2004 after his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. His much awaited newly released novel, “A Passage Back,” is a tribute to his mother as it follows a man who goes back to his youth after his mother passes. Chuck is best known for his 2014 murder/suspense novels, “Shadows on Iron Mountain,” and the newly released sequel, “Backwoods Justice.” He was born and raised in Columbia where he lives with his wife, Sandy, and their three children. The family is active in supporting their local community.

Both Chuck and Sandy are honored to help raise awareness for the Columbia children and adults living with the daily challenges of hydrocephalus and their families that provide them constant love and support.

“While you can be born with hydrocephalus, anyone at any time can acquire hydrocephalus from a traumatic brain injury, an infection or, for some unknown reason, in our seniors, who are often misdiagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson,” states Jessica Caulder, the WALK Co-Chair and the mother of Emma, who was diagnosed at 9 months old when doctors were alerted to a problem during a routine examination. Measurements of her head circumference were off the charts due to an accumulation of fluid in Emma’s brain that was causing pressure and swelling, increasing her head size.

The Hydrocephalus Association’s 3rd Annual Columbia WALK will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015, in the Colonial Life Arena Parking Area. The event kicks off at 9:00 AM, where an estimated 100 participants are expected to come together to raise awareness for hydrocephalus. Volunteers are hoping to outraise last year’s fundraising total of $9,750. All Hydrocephalus Association WALKs are coordinated and run solely by volunteers with all of the proceeds used to eliminate the challenges of hydrocephalus by funding critical research and education. To register for this year’s walk, please visit or email columbiawalk(at)hydroassoc(dot)org for any questions.

About the Hydrocephalus Association
Founded in 1983 by the parents of children with hydrocephalus, the Hydrocephalus Association is the nation’s largest and most widely respected organization dedicated to hydrocephalus. More than 60 percent of HA’s funding comes from individual donations and events, and approximately 35 percent comes from foundation and corporate grants. The association has become the largest private funder of hydrocephalus research in the country. For more information, visit the Hydrocephalus Association Web ite at https://www.hydroassoc.orgor call (888) 598-3789.

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