These two historic landmarks will be illuminated blue to commemorate Hydrocephalus Awareness Month 2015.
Bethesda, MD | September 17, 2015
Niagara Falls and the Peace Bridge connecting the United States to Canada will be blue in honor of Hydrocephalus Awareness Month on the evening of Friday, September 18th. The lighting of these historic landmarks was coordinated by the Hydrocephalus Association Greater New York WALK Chair Larry McKenzie to coincide with their annual event taking place on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Beaver Island State Park in Grand Island, New York.
“There’s no way to prevent hydrocephalus and no way to cure it. In fact, the current treatment was developed back in the 1950’s. We need to raise money for research to find a cure and improve treatment options,” stated McKenzie, whose granddaughter has hydrocephalus. “It is an honor that two historic and important landmarks will help raise awareness of this condition.”
Hydrocephalus is caused by an excess accumulation of cerebral spinal fluid, placing tremendous pressure on the brain, requiring patients to endure multiple sometimes dozens of brain surgeries throughout their lifetime. Anyone, at any age, may be diagnosed with hydrocephalus. Some are born with hydrocephalus while others acquire the condition after a stroke, head trauma or illness such as meningitis. Head injuries suffered by U.S. military personnel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan account for a increase in the number of individuals living with the challenges of hydrocephalus today. An estimated 700,000 seniors develop hydrocephalus, but are often misdiagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.
The Hydrocephalus Association serves as the primary nexus for research on hydrocephalus. Funds raised by the WALK will go to support the mission of the association, which is to promote a cure for hydrocephalus and support those impacted by the condition. For more information or to register for the 2015 Western NY Hydrocephalus WALK, please contact Larry McKenzie at westernNYWALK@hydroassoc.org, or visit http://www.hawalk.kintera.org/westernny.