By Randi Corey, HA Director of Special Events
2011 has been a spectacular year for HA WALKs and Special Events. HA’s 2011 WALKs and Special Event season raised over $1,000,000! This is a 55% increase over last year’s total. And all of it is due to HA’s WALK Chairs and all of the volunteers who work tirelessly to raise money to further our mission of fighting this life threatening, life changing condition – and increasing awareness of hydrocephalus.
HA’s final WALK was also its largest, raising over $112,000 for HA – the National Capital 5K Run/WALK! Held on November 20th, the day dawned clear and with fair weather. Over 750 participants gathered at West Potomac Park – serious runners, casual runners, walkers, families with dogs and strollers – all with one purpose: to help eliminate the challenges of hydrocephalus. A young HA member, Elijah Lawrence, led out the athletes with a moving rendition of the national anthem.
Representative Chris Van Hollen, 8th District, MD, a partner in our efforts to pursue more focus for hydrocephalus research from NIH, was unable to attend, but sent a letter of support.