Emma’s Empowering Strides: A Fun Walk for Hydrocephalus Awareness

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We are delighted to spotlight Emma St. Aubin, an extraordinary young adult who hosted her first-ever walk event in support of hydrocephalus awareness. Her passion and dedication to making a difference have touched the lives of many affected by this condition. Let’s dive into Emma’s inspiring journey.

Emma, a compassionate and driven young woman is a 17-year old living with hydrocephalus in the Niagara Region. She was diagnosed at 6 weeks old and had her first VP shunt implanted at 7 weeks old. She has had multiple complications and surgeries since then. Inspired by her own resilience and the challenges others like her face daily, Emma felt compelled to take action and create positive change.

Driven by her desire to raise awareness and support individuals affected by hydrocephalus and spina bifida, Emma took the initiative to organize her first walk event in her community. With careful planning, unwavering determination, and the support of her friends and family, she turned her vision into a reality.

Event Highlights

Rallying the Community:

Emma reached out to her local community, spreading the word about the walk and its purpose. Through social media campaigns, flyers, and personal connections, she successfully engaged individuals from all walks of life to join the cause. Having the support of her peers from school was the icing on the top.

Inspiring Fundraising Efforts:

Emma set a fundraising goal and encouraged participants to actively seek donations from their network. Her creative approach, including her very own personalized fundraising page that shared her story, motivated participants to go above and beyond, ensuring the event’s success.

Uniting for a Common Cause:

On the day of the walk, participants gathered in a vibrant display of solidarity, wearing custom-designed t-shirts and carrying signs that raised awareness about Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Emma’s infectious energy and participants’ empowering words inspired everyone to walk with purpose and compassion.

Building Lasting Connections:

The walk event provided a platform for individuals affected by hydrocephalus and spina bifida to come together, share their experiences, and foster a sense of community. Emma facilitated meaningful connections, creating a supportive network for participants and their families.

Emma’s inaugural walk event surpassed all expectations, not only in terms of funds raised but also in the impact it had on the community. The event served as a catalyst for increased awareness, education and support for individuals and families living with the conditions.


Looking Ahead

Emma’s dedication and remarkable achievements in her first walk to raise awareness of hydrocephalus has set the stage for even greater accomplishments in the future. Her commitment to the cause and her ability to mobilize the community make her a beacon of hope and inspiration. Emma is a great reminder for the rest of us that making a difference can happen at any age. Her young spirit reminds us to not give up and continue to march to our own drum.

We express our deepest gratitude to Emma and her mother Amy for their unwavering dedication to raising awareness and support for the hydrocephalus community.

If you feel inspired by Emma’s story, we invite you to join us in our mission to make a difference. We encourage you to start thinking about what fundraiser you can host in your own community. Together, we can create a brighter future for individuals affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus. 

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