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  • Hydrocephalus Walk inspired by Smyrna man

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  • The Smyrna-Clayton community is hosting another 5K this weekend, but this time in the form of Delaware's inaugural Hydrocephalus Walk.
    Hydrocephalus is a chronic neurological condition where there's an abnormal accumulation of cerebral spinal fluid in the brain, which results in increased pressure on the brain.
    EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
    1. The local connection
    The idea for the walk came from the family of Smyrna man George Wicks III, 66. His daughter, Kate Wilbur, decided to start the walk as a way to give back.
    2. Proceeds benefit Hydrocephalus Association
    The condition doesn't receive much money for research. There is no cure for this disease but there are treatments, which require shunts to be place on the brain. George has had 86 surgeries in his lifetime, but isn't cured of his pain. So money raised will go towards research and program services.
    3. Walk at Smyrna High School
    Along with the walk, the festivities include music, kids games, food, a t-shirt contest and more. Roughly 200 people are expected to attend with a goal of raising $15,000. The Smyrna website for the walk states roughly $8,300 has been raised.
    WHY YOU SHOULD GO
    "We were always kind of looking for ways to find a purpose for it all," Kate said. "I think it's nice to be able to help in some way, that's really why I'm doing this to find some way to help my dad other than just being there for him."
    IF YOU GO
    WHAT Hydrocephalus Walk
    WHEN Check-in 9 a.m.; walk 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22
    WHERE Smyrna High School, Duck Creek Parkway, Smyrna
    TO REGISTER Go to http://www.hydroassoc.org/, click on "Walk," and find the Smyrna 5K link
    FOR MORE INFORMATION Call Kate Wilber at (302) 542-7017, email boldbranding@gmail.com.
    Email Jennifer Dailey at jennifer.dailey@doverpost.com.
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