High School Student Educates Others about Hydrocephalus

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After being asked repeatedly what hydrocephalus was, 17-year-old Mauryce Thomas decided he wanted to do something to change that. So he organized an event at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Mobile, AL to educate his community about hydrocephalus. The event not only raised awareness about the condition, it also raised $1,320 to support the Hydrocephalus Association’s mission!

Mauryce was born with hydrocephalus and had a shunt placed to manage his condition when he was six months old. He’s had two brain surgeries due to his hydrocephalus.

“I think it’s important to raise money for hydrocephalus because nobody really knows about this condition and it’s not really published widely like other conditions or diseases,” Mauryce said.

The event, held during Hydrocephalus Awareness Month in September 2019, even garnered attention from a local TV news station, NBC/WPMI 15, who came to interview Mauryce.

The presentation was attended by 30 friends, family and church members. Dr. Anthony Martino, who is Mauryce’s neurosurgeon, also spoke at the meeting.

In addition to this event, Mauryce was able to get the city of Mobile to pass a proclamation naming September as Hydrocephalus Awareness Month. Way to go Mauryce! 

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