Team Hydro Escapes “The Rock” for GOOD–and completes 11th Alcatraz Swim!

The sun was bright, the water was (a burning hot!) 62 degrees, and spirits were soaring as Team Hydro completed its 11th swim crossing from Alcatraz Island for Hydrocephalus!

The dense fog cleared just in time for the Coast Guard to give us the final go-ahead (note the fog bank still blocking view of the ROCK in photo below, taken as the Team posed together just moments before boarding the boats to the island).  Truly the day could not have been more perfect for our Swim for Hydrocephalus Research!!  Every swimmer made it successfully to shore, friendships were formed, and passion and funds were generated in support of our important cause:  raising awareness and funds for hydrocephalus research!!


42 swimmers signed-up for the escape, and we saw record times!  Five swimmers broke the 30-minute mark, with veterans Kyle Voulgaris (23:10), Reed Gallogly (24:00), and Steven Wright (26:32) bringing it home first in blazing time.  On the female side, Caitlin Hall (28:44), Kate Damrell (31:50), and Amy Squeglia (32:00) led the charge.  Those really braving it for the Team were our four non-wetsuit swimmers who made the swim in incredible time despite the lack of buoyancy, as well as warmth, that a wet-suit provides!  Special congrats (and admiration) to non-wet-suit swimmers:  Ryan McCarthy (32:56), Kevin Buskirk (33:14), Court Austin (33:58), and Mike Waite (34:38)!!!

As quick as our swimmers were, however, they managed to be even more inspiring.  Kyle Voulgaris and Kate Damrell (shown below), truly set the pace for the rest of us– not just in the water, but in our hearts as well —  both live with shunted hydrocephalus, and were kind enough to speak to the pre-race crowd.  Their gathered Teammates could not have been more moved or inspired as they listened to these two amazing people share their experiences with hydrocephalus, and demonstrate their personal commitment to raising research funds, in hopes that one day, others will not need suffer the surgeries, pain, medical complications, and ongoing uncertainty that they bravely endure every day of their lives.


Kyle Voulgaris and Kate Damrell — True Team Hydro Heroes!

Also among the ranks of Team Hydro were ~20 members of Genentech’s neuroscience division, as well as researchers, parents/siblings of hydrocephalus patients, and a whole bunch of fantastic friends.

Team Hydro is on a record setting pace with regard to fundraising as well, with over $112,000 raised even before the end of the swim.  But we can’t stop there!  We need to keep pressing forward–

Support the cause at  and remember, 100% of EVERY donation directly supports desperately needed research!

To all who helped to make today so special– from our SWIMMERS, to our incredible VOLUNTEERS , SUPPORTERS, and DONORS– thank you!  

Team Hydro is especially Grateful to all those at Genentech who helped make this day such an incredible SUCCESS!

We cant wait to see you all again!!

Go Team Hydro!  Don’t Not Try!

The $1M Breakthrough! Q&A with Dr. Blazer-Yost

BBY-1Dr. Bonnie Blazer-Yost, Ph.D is a Professor of Biology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the Indiana University School of Medicine.

In 2015, Team Hydro was proud to sponsor Dr. Blazer-Yost by funding an Innovator Award through the Hydrocephalus Association to support her work studying the pharmacologic modulation of cerebrospinal fluid production.  She put these funds to fantastic use, producing results that helped uncover new insights into the molecular mechanisms behind CSF and Hydrocephalus.  To boot, these results have enabled her recently to receive a highly competitive, ~$1.3 million grant from the Department of Defense, so that she can develop her insights into potential pharmacologic therapies!  What a return on investment!

We caught up with Dr. Blazer-Yost to hear about what brought her into Hydrocephalus research and to learn more about her exciting vision for the future.


TEAM HYDRO: Could you tell us a bit about your research and how it relates to hydrocephalus?

Dr. Blazer-Yost: My lab members and I are studying the basic mechanisms that are important in controlling how the body moves salt and water. Simply put, if the body wants to move water or produce a fluid like, for example, cerebrospinal fluid, it generally moves electrolytes in a very controlled way and the water follows by simple osmosis. For many years, I studied similar mechanisms in the kidney where water and electrolyte movements are hormonally controlled and are important for the regulation of blood pressure.

TEAM HYDRO: Interesting. How did you first become involved in hydrocephalus research?

Dr. Blazer-Yost: We were researching a potential treatment for a disease called polycystic kidney disease. Interestingly, this disease occurs with about the same incidence as hydrocephalus and there are no FDA-approved drugs for its treatment. Through our basic research we were able to identify a diabetes drug that could be re-purposed to treat polycystic kidney disease. We completed the preclinical testing in animals with good results and this drug is now in clinical trials for the treatment of polycystic kidney disease. During the initial pre-clinical studies we were using several animal models and one of these was a rat model that had both polycystic kidney disease and hydrocephalus. Using a chemical compound that was separate from the one that is in clinical trials we found that there was an effect on hydrocephalus rather than the kidney disease. A generous pilot grant from our University allowed us to confirm these initial findings.

TEAM HYDRO: You recently shared some fantastic news with us, fueled in part by the results from your work funded by Team Hydro. Could you describe these new developments in your lab?

Dr. Blazer-Yost: After we confirmed our initial findings it was necessary to obtain additional preliminary data that would make us competitive for national funding. The grant support from Team Hydro was instrumental in providing the funds to continue the research and obtain the preliminary data for submission of a grant to the Department of Defense ($1.3M!). We were elated to get the news that this proposal was accepted for funding. With the pilot funding from Team Hydro and our institution, we were not only able to obtain the preliminary data, but also to put together a stellar team of investigators. The grant enables me to fund 4 graduate students who are all in place and trained in the techniques we will be using. Our group is joined by a neurosurgeon who keeps us in tune with the realities of human hydrocephalus, a behavioral psychologist who will be directing studies to determine if treatment with our potential drug helps the animals attain a more normal activity profile, a radiologist who has developed the techniques that are needed to do MRIs in the rat pups to determine the degree of hydrocephalus and whether the treatment is helping this, and a new faculty member who is an expert in molecular biology and has brought a second hydrocephalic model into the study. Our overall goal at the end of this three year grant is to have conducted pre-clinical testing of the potential drug in three animal models – two pediatric and one adult.

TEAM HYDRO: How exciting!  Given the existence of these large public organizations that fund research in the United States (NIH, DoD, etc.), could you comment a bit for our donors on the important role that private grants play in the research process?  In other words, why should people donate to Team Hydro?

Dr. Blazer-Yost: No laboratory can effectively compete for grants from the large public organizations without preliminary data. Since my laboratory was, in essence, changing fields we had no preliminary data and without the pilot grants would have never been competitive for the large grant that we have now obtained. Having groups like Team Hydro that understand the disease and are willing to fund “high-risk/high-impact” projects like our initial studies, makes a huge difference in moving the research toward a cure. Groups like Team Hydro, the Hydrocephalus Association, the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Association are all examples of fundraising groups that have come together to advance research toward a cure for a particular disease and all have had remarkably positive impacts on the research in their particular fields.

TEAM HYDRO: Well, we are certainly thrilled that you’re changing fields into Hydrocephalus!  As you know, the current (surgical) treatment for hydrocephalus is invasive, dangerous, and often ineffective. What is your lab’s vision as you look forward in this important field?

Dr. Blazer-Yost: Our goal is to study the basic mechanisms of the production of cerebrospinal fluid to try to determine how this production could be safely manipulated with drugs to decrease the amount in a controlled manner. Thus far we have shown in our animal model that treatment with our compound of interest does decrease the hydrocephalus. Our next immediate goal is to see if this works in a second animal model. The other thing that we want to do with the current funding is to obtain a better understanding of the biochemical mechanism of cerebrospinal fluid production, what factors in the body may cause this to increase and are there other points in the biochemical pathway that could be targets for drug development. Regardless of the cause of the hydrocephalus, decreasing production of the fluid would have the same effect as placing as shunt except that this does not require surgery and can used only as needed.

TEAM HYDRO:  It’s certainly hard to overstate the impact that such treatments would have on the million+ Americans with Hydrocephalus!  Thank you, Dr. Blazer-Yost!


Dr. Blazer-Yost’s work is a perfect example of everything we hope to achieve in supporting research through Team Hydro:  Not only does her work hit straight at the heart of Hydrocephalus on a molecular level, with exciting promise for non-invasive therapies, but it also has brought a new set of brilliant minds into the field of Hydrocephalus research.

But there still remains much to be done!  At Team Hydro, we are committed to supporting the next wave of researchers seeking to understand and cure this neglected yet terrible disease.  Let’s keep pushing!

Go Team Hydro!  Together we can CURE hydrocephalus!

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Blazer-Yost Lab sends Team Hydro a “good luck wave” as we prepare to make a splash in the Bay!

Team Hydro to Escape from “The Rock” AGAIN in 10th Anniversary Swim for Hydrocephalus!

On August 26th, TEAM HYDRO will gather for an exciting and unprecedented event–a SECOND Alcatraz swim in one summer!!

This Exciting swim will not only help mark TEAM HYDRO’s 10th Anniversary, but it will also be our first Bay crossing consisting exclusively of TEAM HYDRO Swimmers. The event, made possible by a generous grant from Genentech will feature 50 TEAM HYDRO Swimmers, each of whom have committed to raising funds for hydrocephalus research!

Swimmers of all ages and from all walks of life have been working hard to spread the word regarding the desperate need for hydrocephalus research. The Team’s dedication to helping our cause has already been having incredible results! With over a week to go, our TEAM is closing in on the $100,000 mark for 2017!!  If our swimmers hit their goals by August 26th, we’ll exceed that figure!  As with all of our Team Hydro Events, 100% of funds raised by our swimmers will go DIRECTLY to support important hydrocephalus research!

Swimming along with the team will be two members who are currently living with shunted hydrocephalus–Kyle Voulgaris and Kate Damrell–and their courage and strength (despite each having already undergone countless brain surgeries and endured unimaginable pain) certainly inspires us all!

While the connection to the cause is personal for Kyle and Kate, many of our swimmers had not heard of hydrocephalus or been aware of the desperate need to find better treatments and a cure for the condition prior to joining TEAM HYDRO.  Upon learning about the difficulties facing people with hydrocephalus, these swimmers were so inspired by the cause that they became motivated to look past their own lives and use their strength and time and skill to fund hydrocephalus research that will help others –people they don’t even know– to find hope in the midst of the their struggle with this life-threatening condition!  Thank you to our TEAM HYDRO swimmers, donors and on-land supporters!! We could not be more grateful for your efforts and support!!

Indeed we could not be more proud that TEAM HYDRO is “Escaping the Rock–for Good”!

Thanks to you—We ARE well on our way to FUNDING a CURE!!

If you would like to donate to the cause, click HERE.

Penguins Plunge Over 100 Miles for Hydrocephalus!

The Little Falls Penguins of Bethesda, Maryland took to the pool this week to use their swimming abilities for GOOD!  There were 82 swimmers in all, 66 of whom swam at least one mile!  All together they tallied an incredible 109 miles in honor of those living with hydrocephalus.  The youngest swimmers were as young as five years old, but they gave it their all!

Before the swim, the swimmers learned about hydrocephalus and what it is like to live with the condition; they also shared the story of their former teammate, Kate Finlayson, who passed away from complications associated with hydrocephalus in 2010.  Each swimmer then took the time to read the story of an individual living with hydrocephalus — and donned a wristband bearing his or her name.  This helped make the cause more personal for each participant, and also provided some extra motivation when the swim started to get tiring!  After the swim, kids made cards for pediatric patients living with hydrocephalus.

Team Hydro is honored to have these penguins as a part of the Team Hydro Family!  See some photos from the swim below, and support the Little Falls Penguins in their quest to “fund” a cure by donating here.

Your Dose of Goodness for Today: The Dolphin Dash 2017!

The second annual Dolphin Dash was an amazing success!  Over the course of 3 hours, 34 swimmers (ages 3-47) swam 2,022 laps or approximately 32 miles to raise funds and awareness for hydrocephalus research!  Most swimmers were 5-10 years old.  The longest swimmers were Hannah J (age 9) and Libby B (age 10) who swam 2.5 and 2 miles, respectively!  Despite their young age, 27 of the 34 swimmers swam at least 1/2 mile or more!  The youngest swimmer was 3 years old and he swam 7 laps! Everyone was blown away by the endurance and commitment of the kids.  This cause truly touched their hearts and brought out the best in them!  Three coaches lifeguarded the event and were so moved by the efforts of their swimmers, that one of the coaches couldn’t hold back any longer and jumped in and swam a mile!

The 2017 Dolphin Dashers!

The 2017 Dolphin Dashers!

The event began as participants heard the stories of Parker and Lilly, two of their teammates living with hydrocephalus! Lilly and Parker kicked off the swim by swimming the first lap! Parker continued to cheer on his teammates, which included his younger brother (7) who swam a mile and sister (5) who swam 50 laps!  Lilly swam a mile and so did her sisters Addie (8) and Chloe (8), as well their Dad TJ.

It was a multi-generational family affair, as Lilly’s grandmother manned the sweet treats concessions stand, while Parker’s Dad was keep the crowd rocking as DJ!  About an hour into the event an ice cream truck stopped by, which was a big hit, and even the owner of the truck was moved by the cause — he is donating a portion of his proceeds to Team Hydro!

The Dolphins really gave it their all.  In the weeks leading up to the swim, one family made flyers about the swim and put them in neighboring mailboxes, while another family held a lemonade stand and donated proceeds to the cause.  What an inspiring show of selflessness and love!

Of course, it wasn’t ONLY about swimming, donations, and fun!  Those attending the swim had the chance to learn more about hydrocephalus, as stories of people impacted by Hydrocephalus were displayed all around the pool!  Swimmers wrote inspirational messages on blue balloons, which were ceremonially released at the end of the event, as a symbol of hope!

We are SO grateful to have the Dorset Dolphins as a part of the Team Hydro Family.  What an inspiring group of kids and parents (and grandparents)!  Thank you to all of you — you truly are a shining example of using your talents to serve and lift up others, making the world a better place!

So far, the Dolphins have raised nearly $6,000 — every penny of which will go toward supporting hydrocephalus research!  If you’d like to show these kids their efforts are valued and appreciated, you can make a donation here!

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Sun (and fun) Shines on Alcatraz Swim!

The sun rose with our swimmers in San Francisco this year as Team Hydro gathered on the shores of Aquatic Park for our 10th Alcatraz Swim for Hydrocephalus!  It was a beautiful day all around, as fun was had, friendships were formed, and most important awareness and funds were raised for hydrocephalus!


Swimmers and on-land supporters alike were motivated by the stories of courageous people who are living with or have passed from hydrocephalus, and gained new appreciation for the importance of our mission!  Each swimmer wore a band honoring a specific person living with (or who had passed on due to) hydrocephalus — which served as a potent and sobering reminder of why we do what we do.


One of our swimmers (swimming in honor of Lake, a 10 year  boy who has already shown rare courage in enduring many brain surgeries)  reported that during the race, he developed severe muscle cramps in his leg.  He was about to give up on the swim, and call a kayak to tow him to shore, when he looked down and saw the bracelet he was wearing bearing the name of the young man of which he was swimming in honor. Remembering all that the young patient had endured already in his young life fueled our swimmer with renewed energy and determination.  He reported raising his arm in the air and shouted, “This is for you, Lake!” and he finished the race!

Lake and his family after the Alcatraz Swim!Lake and his family after the Alcatraz Swim!
Best of all, Lake was at the finish line!  Having travelled all the way from Grimsby, Canada to watch his Dad swim from Alcatraz for the first time, Lake’s cheerful nature and determined spirit reminded every Team Hydro swimmer why we do what we do! And why we must not stop until a CURE is found!
Team Hydro members were also inspired by the resilience, strength and determination of fellow Team Hydro swimmer, 16 year old Kyle Voulgaris!!  Kyle, who happens to be living with shunted hydrocephalus, (and made his first crossing when he was only 10) finished the race in an amazing 30:38 minutes — 5th place overall!!
Best of all, as donations continue to come in, Team Hydro has already raised almost $44,000 in 2017! We thank every one of our swimmers, donors, and on-land supporters!
THANK YOU and let’s keep working and swimming until we FUND a CURE!

If you haven’t donated yet, it’s not too late– You can easily donate here now.

Taking the PLUNGE this weekend!


Your heart is racing, your face and fingers stinging a tad from the cold.  As you look at the beautiful city skyline off in the distance over the churning chop, you might wonder for a SPLIT second, “Why am I doing this again?”

And no wonder! It is NO ordinary thing to make the swim from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco across the bay!!

Indeed, in order to complete this treacherous swim, our Hydrosharks need jump into the freezing cold bay from a ferry rocking in the waves! Our swimmers then brave freezing water temperatures and fight a fierce and mounting tide as they make their way ,stroke by stroke across the churning bay to a shore, almost 2 miles away!!

Why would anyone even attempt such a thing?!

We at Team Hydro have very good reason–we swim for great cause–to raise awareness and fund for Hydrocephalus Research!!  Make a contribution and tell your friends:

Sunday, June 4th, ~100 members of our intrepid group will once again attempt the Escape! We cant wait to gather on the shore of aquatic Park to join together in our desire to FIND a CURE for Hydrocephalus!

We look forward to seeing all our swimmers and on-land supporters by the Team Hydro Banner at Aquatic Park on Sunday!

  • 5:45–7:05AM:  Race check-in begins at at the race finish in Aquatic Park
  • Following check-in just make your way to the Team Hydro Banner located to the far side of the grandstands (away from check-in)!  We’ll have a secure spot for you to keep your belongings, as well as snacks and camaraderie available!   We’ll also provide a pre-race update on the water conditions, weather, etc.  Collect your FREE cap and patient story as well!
  • 7:25am:  We’ll walk together to the ferries (Team Hydro swimmers take the ferry on the RIGHT)!!
  • 8:45am:  Race start!
  • 9:15am-10:00am: On-land Supporters can Look for our Swimmers in our special ORANGE TEAM HYDRO caps to begin making it to shore!

See YOU at the Team Hydro Banner!!



Thanks to our friend and swimmer Phil Levi from Burlingame Fitness for the video recapping a past Team Hydro Swim!

Team Hydro Attempts TENTH Alcatraz Crossing on June 4th!

Team Hydro cant wait to see all our Swimmers and On-land Supporters on the shores of Aquatic Park in SF on Sunday as we make our 10th Annual crossing of the Bay in support of Hydrocephalus!!


On the morning of the swim, look for the Team Hydro banner and, after you check in at race headquarters, come to collect your special Team Hydro swim cap, tee shirt and wrist band!!  We also have many experienced veteran swimmers with collectively over 500 Alcatraz crossings — we’re more than happy to share race day tips!  🙂

The Cap

Officially sanctioned by the Sharkfest organizers,  these limited edition caps will help you stand out to family and friends–and other swimmers–as a member of Team Hydro.  Wearing your cap on race day will help spread awareness of the difficult condition we are seeking to cure, and help you stand out as a person willing to use their swimming strength to help others, by promoting this wonderful and important cause!

The Shirt

Team Hydro shirts make a great souvenir, and are a great conversation starter — not only about the fact that you’ve swum successfully from Alcatraz — but also about Team Hydro and hydrocephalus!  They are pretty cool looking, too!   🙂

The Wrist Band

You’ll be given a band which bears the name of a person who is living with or has passed away from hydrocephalus.  It allows you to dedicate your swim to someone who knows first hand the challenges hydrocephalus can bring to the lives of patients and families with the condition.  You’ll also get the chance to read a brief personal story of the person it honors.  Every year we are told by those who wear the bands and read the stories that they are inspired to swim faster than ever as a result!

Wondering how to find us on race day  Just look for the Team Hydro banner on race morning which will mark our Team area!  In addition to caps, shirts and bracelets, you will find snacks, a secure area to keep belongings, and of course a lot of camaraderie, support and fun!

  • 5:45–7:05AM:  Race check-in begins at at the race finish in Aquatic Park
  • Following check-in just make your way to the Team Hydro Banner located to the far left of the grandstands!  We’ll have a secure spot for you to keep your belongings, as well as snacks and camaraderie available!   We’ll also provide a pre-race update on the water conditions, weather, etc.
  • 7:25am:  We’ll walk together to the ferries (Team Hydro swimmers take the ferry on the RIGHT)!!
  • 8:45am:  Race start!
  • 9:15am-10:00am: On-land Supporters can Look for our Swimmers in our special ORANGE TEAM HYDRO caps to begin making it to shore!
We cant wait to see our swimmers, and on-land supporters by the Team Hydro Banner in Aquatic Park!!

If you haven’t yet donated to the cause, or set up your personal donation page, you can still do it here:!  Don’t be shy! And Remember–Team Hydro underwrites all our own expenses, so as always, 100% of every donation will go directly to hydrocephalus research!

Q&A with Dr. Sonia Podvin, Team Hydro Hero!

SoniaheadshotDr Sonia Podvin was the recipient of the first ever TEAM HYDRO-sponsored research grant back in 2010.  Since that time she has stayed close to hydrocephalus not only in the lab, but in her wetsuit as well — she’ll be taking the plunge in a few weeks (for the 3rd time!!) when Team Hydro swims from Alcatraz on June 4th!   We caught up with Dr. Podvin to see how she was doing!


TEAM HYDRO: Could you tell us a little about your research, your interests in neuroscience, and how they relate to hydrocephalus?

Dr. Podvin:  My research in neuroscience has focused on uncovering molecular mechanisms that can be a “switch” between brain health and brain disease. As a pharmacologist, I believe that identifying drugs that can help flip the switch to health can potentially be a huge benefit for hydrocephalus, by reducing brain inflammation and events that lead to progressive degeneration. As we all know hydrocephalus is more than just a “plumbing problem” it is a whole brain disease!

TEAM HYDRO:  How did you get involved in hydrocephalus research?

Dr. Podvin:  While working with three amazing mentors in the at UCSD, we identified a potential molecular switch that, in animals, behaved one way in the healthy brain, but differently in brain disease models. In one model, the result was enlarged brain ventricles. My mentors encouraged me to apply for the Mentored Young Investigator Award from the Hydrocephalus Association, which I was so honored to receive in 2010.

TEAM HYDRO:  How has learning about hydrocephalus affected you personally and professionally?

Dr. Podvin:  Learning about difficulties so many patients with hydrocephalus face every day was heartbreaking. It seemed that the reality of living with a shunt was never knowing when it could fail, and that could mean surgery or infection. The few drugs available to treat hydrocephalus were limited in effectiveness, not safe for more than a short time, or effected other organs. My hopes for my future in continuing hydrocephalus research is to apply advanced technology and innovative approaches in pharmaceutical sciences to identify safe, effective and specific drugs for treating hydrocephalus, that can reduce the number of surgeries, decrease complications or treat hydrocephalus without surgery.

TEAM HYDRO:  How did your connection with TEAM HYDRO develop outside the lab?

Dr. Podvin:  After I received the research grant enabled by TEAM HYDRO, I met the Finlayson family when they came to visit our lab at UCSD, and they invited me to become a member of Team Hydro to support research outside of the lab as well. It is a small thing I can do to help the community effort to continue critical research efforts. I was never on a swim team, I knew how to swim but that was the limit of my abilities. I started swimming about 100 yards at a time in the warm, calm San Diego bay with a friend from UCSD. S-L-O-W-L-Y, I worked my way up to swimming two miles. In 2015, I jumped into the (cold!) San Francisco bay with the other Team Hydro members for the first time. I have such admiration for our team members with hydrocephalus that swim through the rough, cold water effortlessly with incredible times!

TEAM HYDRO:  Beyond the incredible people living (and swimming and thriving) with hydrocephalus, what motivates you to keep swimming with TEAM HYDRO?

Dr. Podvin:  I continue to swim to support the research initiatives of the Hydrocephalus Association. The funding programs are focused to address critical needs in understanding mechanisms and outcomes of hydrocephalus, creating databases and biobanks, with the goal of finding a cure. These research programs help to generate the data necessary for researchers to obtain larger grants from federal agencies like the National Institutes of Health and for young scientists to begin careers in hydrocephalus research. Swimmer or not, we can all help research efforts by getting involved in grassroots advocacy to educate our Congress members about hydrocephalus, request increased support for programs that fund hydrocephalus research, and to again designate hydrocephalus as eligible to receive Congressionally Directed Medical Research Funds.

TEAM HYDRO: Dr. Podvin, we certainly do not consider what you are doing as a “small thing.”  To us at Team Hydro, and to ALL those suffering from hydrocephalus, you are TEAM HYDRO HERO!  You’re seeking to help both inside AND outside the lab —  we consider that a very BIG thing –for which we could not be more grateful!!

Thank you Dr. Podvin!!  We are honored to have you as a part of the TEAM HYDRO family!!

Fellow swimmers–look for Sonia (aka Dr. Podvin) on swim day–not only is she a fabulous researcher–she is a great person to get to know!

Go Team Hydro!  Together we can CURE hydrocephalus!


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Dolphins to Dash (in the pool) Again for Hydrocephalus!

In yet another amazing demonstration of commitment, generosity, and strength, The Dorset Dolphin Swim Team of Marietta, Georgia will once again enter the water and swim for two hours straight in order to raise funds and awareness for hydrocephalus research!!  This year’s swim will take place on June 17th.

The Dorset Dolphins are a summer age-group Swim Team who have committed themselves not simply to becoming better swimmers, but to using their combined strength to help and serve others!  Team Hydro could not be more proud of this inspiring group of kids (and their wonderful families, friends, and neighbors) which last year raised over $4000 for hydrocephalus research in their very first Dolphin Dash–Swim for Hydrocephalus!

The Dolphins know first hand about hydrocephalus because they Swim in special support of three wonderful young people who are living with shunted hydrocephalus–fellow swimmers, Lilly and Parker, and Charlie, the one year old nephew of their coach!  Knowing these wonderful young swimmers, and witnessing the challenges they face first hand,  makes the need for hydrocephalus research all the more urgent to this determined and caring group of swimmers!!

The Dolphins have chosen to Swim for Hydrocephalus because they are very aware that people with hydrocephalus face some extra challenges in life–including living with an incurable life-threatening condition, the uncertainty of knowing that the medical device they depend on could fail at any time, and the harsh reality that multiple emergency brain surgeries will likely become a part of life.   But the Dolphins are also very aware that people with hydrocephalus are vibrant and fun human beings just like everyone else!

Team Hydro is so grateful to each and every Dolphin (as well as their on-land supporters) who are helping to ensure that one day, a CURE for hydrocephalus Will be found!  We welcome each and every Dolphin to the Team Hydro Family!! 

If you are a swimmer, you can find information on the swim HERE and learn how to register and set up your fundraising page HERE!

If you would like to DONATE to the Dolphin Dash for Hydrocephalus you can do that HERE!

Thanks Dolphins!!! You are the BEST!!!

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