Chattanoogans walk to raise awareness about Hydrocephalus
By Jonquil Newland, Weekend Today Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
Anyone, at any age can develop hydrocephalus, a medical condition which causes fluid to build up around the brain. However, so often young children are the faces of this not so rare condition. More than a million Americans live with hydrocephalus everyday.
"Its a life threatening, life altering condition that most people who are diagnosed with it, they deal with it their entire lives." Chara McLaughen says.
McLaughen's 4-year-old daughter, Emma, was diagnosed before birth. She receives medical treatment regularly and has undergone six brain surgeries. Treatment, however, is only 50 percent affective.
"My daughter, she can walk and talk and she goes to school and you would never know she has a lot of medical issues," McLaughen says.
On Saturday more than 300 walkers gathered in Coolidge Park to raise money and awareness to help end the challenges for people living with hydrocephalus.
While there is treatment, there is no cure. "There is not, no and that's what we're working to find," McLaughen says.
With events like Saturday's walk and the number of participants growing every year, McLaughen believes in time a cure will be found.
As of Saturday morning, the third annual Hydrocephalus Association Walk raised more than $15,000.
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