HA would like to extend its deepest gratitude to all of the mothers making a difference each and every day to move the Hydrocephalus Association one step closer to a cure. For the seven days around Mother’s Day, we are profiling a few members that have gone above and far beyond to further our reach. Please join us in thanking these amazing (S)HEroes in our community!
Jennifer Pope – The Power Forward
It’s not uncommon for moms on a mission to leverage every connection, be it at work or play, to educate and raise awareness about hydrocephalus. And, when your employer is the NHL Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings, that means immediate access to celebrity athletes and a national platform to generate much needed awareness. Jennifer Pope, Senior Director of Community Affairs, LA Kings, has leveraged her connections to share her personal hydrocephalus journey and to promote the work of the Hydrocephalus Association. Her son, Charlie, was diagnosed with hydrocephalus when he was 6 months old and has had four surgeries in his short life; three on his brain and another to correct damage done to his eye by fluid that put pressure on the optical nerves. In 2014, Jennifer Pope formed a partnership with the LA Kings to conduct an HA 5K Run/WALK raising over $150,000 and engaging several players such as Dustin Brown, Jonathan Quick, Jarret Stoll, Alec Martinez, Robyn Regehr and Jake Muzzin. In addition, she utilized her industry contacts and secured the involvement of Clay Matthews, a linebacker for the NFL Green Bay Packers, to do a special raffle in support of Hydrocephalus Awareness Month, allowing HA to extend its reach far into the general public. Jennifer, loving called J-Pope in our office, is full of new ideas for HA to pursue and continues to leverage her role to help further the mission. Thank you, J-Pope, for leveraging your talents to get the word out about HA! #momsonamission