WALK to End Hydrocephalus 2023 Season Recap

The 2023 WALK to End Hydrocephalus season is almost in the books! Thanks to the Hydrocephalus Association’s wonderful volunteers, 40 WALKS were held across the U.S., with nearly 7,000 participants representing over 800 teams. The WALKs are projected to raise nearly $1.8 million for HA’s research, education and support programs.

Highest-Grossing WALKS

South Florida
Kasey Andrew, Lisa Piazzese, & Eileen Rodger (Co- Chairs) – raising $159,010
Long Island
Carissa Bently & Melissa Arato (Co-Chairs)
Raising $147,279

Top Fundraising WALK Sites in a Single Year

St. Louis, MO
Stephanie Vogt (Chair)
Posted a $80,509 total – a 72% increase from 2022

Charlotte, NC
Christy Ruth, Melenie Dailey, & Susan Slattery Rogers (Co-Chairs)
Raised $70,401 – a 27% increase from 2022

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
Emily Birtwistle (Chair)
Raised $46,153 – a 65% increase from 2022

Columbia, SC
Jessica Caulder, Emma Caulder, & Kelly Northcutt (Co-Chairs)
Raised $44,570 – a 71% increase from 2022

Top 10 Teams

  • Team Spenser Kasey & Kathy Andrew: $80,89
  • Team Alex Eileen & Mike Rodger: $36,663
  • Tyler’s Warriors Mia & Henry Padron: $32,358
  • Charlie’s Angels Jennifer & Matt Pope: $30,395
  • Team Owen Michael & Heidi Knapke: $29,412
  • Team Bruen Heather & Jason Bruen: $23,322
  • Team Mary Betsy & Lou Conyard: $22,523
  • Brave Like Braxy Amanda & Shawn Holloway: $21,100
  • Jake Town Jodi & Todd Heston: $20,652
  • Hydro Cure Clifford, Amy, & Katie Goldman: $20,513

WALK Anniversaries

  • SanFrancisco, the founding site, commemorated 30 years of dedicated WALKing!
  • Denver commemorated 20 years of walk leadership by the Rogers family, marking two decades of dedicated WALKing and raising nearly $1.2 M throughout its journey.
  • Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, and Cleveland, OH both commemorated their 10-year milestones.


Newest WALK Site

HA’s newest WALK site, Greater Oklahoma City (Ryan Massad & Megan Giles, Co-Chairs) broke all records for new HA WALKS in markets of that size – with over 120 registered participants and 12 Teams, raising nearly $13,000. Congratulations to Greater Oklahoma City for this incredible inaugural WALK!

No WALK to End Hydrocephalus in your community? START ONE!

Please contact Marina Thompson, marina@hydroassoc.org to discuss how you can start a WALK in your area.

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