Happy Mother’s Day! 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!
Jan Kell – The Connector
The success of HA is very much driven by the extent in which we are able to engage new donors, advocates and researchers into our world. Earlier this month, Randy and Jan Kell hosted the first ever Hope in Progress Research Reception in their home. Held in conjunction with the American Association of Neurological Surgeons‘ (AANS) annual meeting, the event provided the opportunity to recognize three local members in the DC Metropolitan area as well as showcase three promising research studies that exemplify hope in progress for our community.
Jan had a vision for the evening where individuals in very different fields could connect and converse in a warm, casual, and inviting setting, while learning about hydrocephalus and the work of the Hydrocephalus Association. She generously arranged all of the catering and opened her doors, offering warm hospitality in her home. The event was a great success, allowing HA to connect with several Congressional staffers, researchers, potential donors and advocates. We are thankful for members like Jan who are driven to see HA succeed and provide opportunities for us to connect with new partners and share about the progress of the association. The event received $25,000 in sponsorship support and several leads for engaging new Congressional Representatives in our work. Thank you Randy and Jan for opening your home to us and hosting this event. #momsonamission