We are one week into Hydrocephalus Awareness Month! Did you know that the odds of having a child born with Hydrocephalus is approx 1.5/1000? That is higher than the chance of having a child born with Down Syndrome which is approx 1/1000. Why is it then that the general public knows more about Down Syndrome than Hydrocephalus? Simple… awareness.
Chances are, you know someone who is affected in one way or another by Hydrocephalus. It is not a condition that is restrictive to babies. Kyle did not acquire hydro until age 12, and there was no illness or injury that caused it. Legendary rock guitarist Dick Wagner was diagnosed with Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus in 2011, after suffering dementia type symptoms. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shunted for Hydrocephalus after being shot in the head in 2011.
I am proud to call Sheri Burdine my friend, and would please ask that you continue to show your support of Hydrocephalus Awareness by Supporting Hydro Angels Over America. They need your support in any way you can give it… through prayer, financial support, encouragement, or by simply “liking” their Facebook page. Please take a moment to check out HAOA and see what they are all about. While you are there, order an awareness bracelet, car magnet, or t-shirt from the Hydro-Store.