SOURCE: Hydrocephalus Association

Hydrocephalus Association

February 24, 2010 18:17 ET

Hydrocephalus Association Announces Boozlepalooza

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - February 24, 2010) -  Dozens of volunteers from the Bay Area will come together on Thursday and Friday, February 25-26, at the historic Flood Building in San Francisco to make 100 Boozle Bears for the Hydrocephalus Association (HA). The HA is a nationwide nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate the challenges of hydrocephalus, a chronic neurological condition that affects more than one million people nationwide and is the most common brain surgery among children.

Boozle is a small, cuddly teddy bear who helps parents and children with hydrocephalus learn about the brain surgery needed to treat the condition. To date, Boozle has provided comfort to thousands of children with hydrocephalus. Neurosurgeons across the United States have found Boozle to be an extremely useful tool to help young patients overcome their fears.

Commenting on the Boozle initiative, Bonnie Hom, the Hydrocephalus Association's Youth & Community Coordinator, said,"Because the bears are handmade, it has been a challenge to make enough of them to satisfy the demand."

The Boozle Bears will go directly to families as well as the health professionals who treat hydrocephalus.

Facts about hydrocephalus:

  • On average 6,000 babies are born with the condition every year in the U.S. and thousands are diagnosed later in childhood or as adults.
  • Over 36,000 shunt surgeries are performed each year in the U.S. (an average of one every fifteen minutes) at costs that exceed $2 billion annually.
  • Hydrocephalus is most commonly treated with a shunt. Approximately 50 percent will fail within two years.
  • Accurate diagnosis and treatment of the 375,000-plus adults over 60 could save Medicare $184 million over five years.
  • Public dollar investment in hydrocephalus research is significantly lower than other conditions with similar public health burdens, including Down syndrome, autism and Parkinson's disease

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