Yard sales can be full of hidden treasures for the seasoned weekend shopper. The multi-family three-day yard sale ending today in Wichita, KS, is no different. The items donated to the sale from local families range from household goods to furniture to jewelry and clothes to toys and children’s clothing. But the hidden treasure of this yard sale is the inspiration behind the annual event – the families have all donated their items to support one little boy born with hydrocephalus, where the only treatment option requires brain surgery.
“This is our fourth year doing the yard sale. It is important for me to do events like this because it raises money for our Team for the Wichita Hydrocephalus Association (HA) WALK. The money goes to HA for research, education, and awareness for hydrocephalus, which my son Cooper was born with,” stated Rachel Inskeep, the coordinator of the event. “Our first year we raised $600. Last year we grew to $1,800. We’re excited that the community comes out to support Cooper and has helped our yard sale be a success through both donations and purchases.”
Inskeep’s son, Cooper, was diagnosed with hydrocephalus while she was still pregnant. Shortly after he was born, a shunt was placed into his brain to drain fluid into his abdomen. He is now 7 years old.
Hydrocephalus is an accumulation of fluid within the brain that can only be treated with brain surgery, most often with the insertion of a shunt, which is a plastic tube that drains fluid from the brain to another part of the body. Shunts have the highest failure rate of any medical device on the market, relegating the over 1 million Americans living with hydrocephalus to repeated brain surgeries over their life times to manage their condition. It is the leading cause of brain surgery in children. While 1 to 2 of every 1000 infants are born with hydrocephalus, anyone at any age can acquire the condition. It is estimated that 700,000 seniors are living with normal pressure hydrocephalus, which often goes undiagnosed or is misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.
Proceeds from the weekend yard sale will go toward the annual Wichita Hydrocephalus Association WALK which takes place on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at Sedgwick Park in Wichita. If you live within driving distance of Wichita and would like more information on the WALK, please email wichitaWALK@hydroassoc.org or visit www.hawalk.kintera.org/wichita.