Hayden Mellross is an Australian Supercross and Motocross rider. At only 20 years old he has already accomplished so much. Hayden has taken multiple podium finishes in both Australia and in the United States, and has his sights set on many more wins.
Steve Reis is one of Hayden’s sponsors. Sponsor benefits include having his company’s logo placed on Hayden’s bike, jersey, tent, and other promotional materials. Instead of having Hayden promote his company, Reis Auto Service, he decided to have Hayden promote the Hydrocephalus Association. Steve was first introduced to hydrocephalus when his granddaughter was diagnosed shortly after her birth in 2008. She has endured 13 brain surgeries in her 8 years of life.
“Kayleigh, and so many others with hydrocephalus, have had more brain surgeries than birthdays. That’s not okay,” said Steve. “There needs to be more awareness about hydrocephalus to drive more funding for better treatment options, and ultimately a cure.” As Steve has shared his granddaughter’s story, he has discovered that not many people know what hydrocephalus is. “Motocross is a great platform to promote HA and hydrocephalus awareness. It’s a national sport, putting many eyes on the word ‘hydrocephalus’.”
Hayden was more than happy to jump in and help spread awareness. “After I heard Steve’s granddaughter’s story, I felt like this is something so important to promote. So many people have never heard of hydrocephalus, yet it affects more than 1 million Americans. I’m proud to ride with the Hydrocephalus Association logo on my gear.”
Hayden will be riding in three upcoming national races this August to promote hydrocephalus (August 13 – New Berlin, NY. August 20 – Mechanicville, MD. August 27 – Crawfordsville, IN). For more information about these races, please visit: http://www.promotocross.com/mx/home.