Saultities of all ages came together in support of spina bifida and hydrocephalus on Saturday at the eighth annual Troy’s Trail walk.
This event was started in 2012 by Troy Chandler and his wife Annette. Chandler was diagnosed at the age of 28 and went through the diagnosis alone until they reached out to Hydrocephalus Canada.
Chandler said part of the reason he started this event was so others didn’t have to go through the process alone, too.
“There had been other people that stuff had already happened to, but we reached out to them, talked about our stories, and we all had the same thing, but we all got there a different way,” he said. “So it’s nice to be sharing our stories and learning from one another.”
Kathy James and her daughter Jessie have been participating in this walk since 2015, when Jessie was diagnosed with hydrocephalus. They met Troy and Annette the same year, and the Chandler’s have been nothing but supportive ever since.
“The community has been amazing,” she said. “After (Jessie’s) last seven surgeries (in the span of a month), it has been incredible. The support has been unending, and it’s just been a beautiful thing. We couldn’t get through what we go through with our daughter without the support that we have from everybody.”
Chandler said it feels amazing to be making such an impact on the community and to see the community’s support.
“The people in the city are so supportive when it comes to giving gifts to us and everything,” he said. “It opened up our eyes to what community is about and people can really come together to help one another.”
All proceeds raised go to Hydrocephalus Canada to help them in their efforts to advocate and find a cure.
For more information on Hydrocephalus Canada and to learn more about both hydrocephalus and spina bifida, click here.