Hydrocephalus Association Walk Chairs are Extraordinary

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by Randi Corey

We’re approaching the fall of 2010 (where did the summer go?) – when the majority of HA WALKs are held.  Between September 1st and November 7th 16 of HA’s 24 annual WALKs are scheduled!  This is my first “walk season” with HA and I’m really looking forward to attending some Walks and hearing about the others.

picture of San Antonio Texas WALK's balloon arch

HA’s 24 annual WALKS

When I first met Laurene McKillop, and she described HA’s Walk program, I must admit I was astonished.  I couldn’t believe that HA had 24 WALKs across the country and all of them were entirely volunteer initiated and driven!  Having worked for 20+ years for large, non-profit health organizations I was accustomed to walks being run by chapter staff with the help of volunteers. Throughout my career in the non-profit arena the commitment of the volunteers had always been impressive, but the when I heard about HA’s volunteers I was speechless. The WALK Chairs had to be extraordinarily dedicated to initiate, plan, coordinate and execute a WALK (in many cases by themselves!)

After their WALK event I hope each WALK Chair takes a moment to pat themselves on the back. Running a WALK may be a “labor of love” for most HA Chairs – but it is still a tremendous commitment and I am humbled by their passion (and their results!) And it seems every week we’re contacted by another volunteer in another geographic region interested in learning more about starting a WALK.  There is no doubt that one of HA’s greatest resources is its volunteers!

1 Comments for : Hydrocephalus Association Walk Chairs are Extraordinary
    • Kim Delaney
    • August 26, 2010

    Hi I am interested in starting a HA walk in my hometown of Chico Ca and am wondering how I go about doing this,I am attending the walk at Chrissy Field on October 24th. I have friends whos son was born 4 months ago with Hydrocephulas and I have arranged for a fundraiser at our local Ben & Jerry’s to raise money to donate to HA on behalf of this little guy. I am so excited to take on this project and feel I would be a great person to start a walk in our local town. Please let me know how I go about starting this process. Thank You Kim Delaney

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