Local Performer Sings to Raise Awareness for Son’s Incurable Brain Condition

Stephanie Oltean will use her vocal talents to raise awareness for hydrocephalus at the First Annual Reason for Hope Benefit concert to benefit the Hydrocephalus Association on Sunday, December 1st.

Bethesda, MD | November 18, 2013

Stephanie Oltean, a vocalist from central Kansas, will perform a Holiday concert for the First Annual Reason for Hope Benefit on Sunday, December 1, 2013, in Lucas, Kansas. The event will raise funds to support critical research initiatives and current education and outreach programs of the Hydrocephalus Association, the nation’s largest patient-advocacy organization dedicated to serving the estimated 1 million Americans living with hydrocephalus.

“I felt compelled to help the Hydrocephalus Association and their mission. My son was diagnosed with hydrocephalus when he was 6 months old and I’ve always wanted to help with spreading awareness about the condition and raising money for a cause that is so close to my heart. There are so many people who have no idea what the condition is or how it impacts people’s lives. That’s why I was inspired to do this concert.”

Hydrocephalus is a condition in which cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain. There is no cure and the only treatment option requires brain surgery. About two in every 1,000 babies are born with hydrocephalus. It can also develop as the result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or as a part of the aging process in the senior population, where it is often misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

“I have known Stephanie and her family for many years, not only personally but also in the work force. I was moved by Stephanie’s passion for the Hydrocephalus Association, not just because her son was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus, but more importantly, her unselfishness to do something to help the association reach its $3 million goal for the A Reason For Hope Campaign and the other critical services of the association. Stephanie is so spirited with a beautiful voice and what better way to spread love for others surrounded by a festive atmosphere during the Christmas Season,” says Lyn Leach, Benefit Organizer. “As a board member of the Lucas Area Community Theater, we are truly excited to have Stephanie perform her first ever solo concert.”

Lyn and Stephanie have opened a non-profit checking account named “A Reason for Hope Benefit” at the Bennington State Bank where they are both employed. They plan to use the account to annually raise funds that will help fund critical hydrocephalus research and spread education, support, and awareness. Donations may be mailed to A Reason For Hope Benefit, PO Box 305, Lucas, Kansas 67648 in care of Lyn or Stephanie.

Families are invited to come and listen to the sounds of the season at The Hydrocephalus Association’s 1st annual A Reason for Hope Benefit held on Sunday, December 1, at 2:30pm at the Lucas Area Community Theater in Lucas, KS. Doors will open at 2:00pm and the theater will have concessions available for purchase. Bennington State Bank of Lucas and Sylvan will be sponsoring the event.

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