HARTSELLE, AL (WAFF) -
The Hartselle Police Department gave because they didn’t shave.
Officers put the razors away for “No-Shave November” to raise more than $3,000 for the Alabama Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation.
Their inspiration is 3-year old Reagan Roberts. She suffers from the condition. And she’s the daughter of Hartselle Officer Kel Roberts and his wife, Danielle.
“It’s been heart warming to know that they could come together and serve us as a family, as a foundation, and most of all, for our daughter,” Danielle said.
You won’t see the officers with beards for awhile. They are against Hartselle PD policy… except during No-Shave November.
The Hartselle Police Department raised $3,070 with a No Shave November fundraiser for the Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation.
This was the second year for the HPD to participate in a No Shave November fundraiser. Last year’s fundraiser benefitted Crisis Services of North Alabama and collected $2,065.50.
Sgt. Kel Roberts was the one to suggest the fundraiser benefit the Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation this year. His 3-year-old daughter Reagan was born with hydrocephalus. She has already had three brain surgeries and has a shunt in place.
Each participating officer was allowed to waive the no-facial-hair policy if they raised at least $100 for the organization. Eleven officers competed to see who could earn the most money and who could grow the best beard.
The grand prize was a 12-gauge HNR Pardner pump shotgun supplied by Hartselle’s Walmart.
Roberts was the overall winner with $1,210 worth of donations. He is deferring his prize to the next competitor Ofc. Chip Reynolds, who was second with $455. Ofc. Michael Holiday was third with $250.
Roberts said he and his wife were overjoyed about the amount the department raised.
“I am just extremely excited, tickled really, that we met our goal of $3,000,” Roberts said. “We knew that this goal was a little high compared to last year, especially since we had less officers participating this year, but it really shows how everyone pulled together and did their part.”
Roberts said he was very proud of the participation of his fellow officers.
“The funds they were able to raise shows a lot about this department,” Roberts said. “I’m really proud to be a part of this department. They are really a great group of people.”
Roberts’ wife Danielle accepted the check from the HPD on behalf of the Alabama chapter of the Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation Tuesday.
Roberts and his family were very glad to be able to spread hydrocephalus awareness to their community.
“It’s not even about the money to us,” Roberts said. “We are so thankful for the generous donations from businesses and individuals from the community, but we are also thankful that everyone is helping us spread the word. Our community now knows more about hydrocephalus, and that knowledge is helpful. It really means a lot to our family but also to hydrocephalus research and technology to put towards a cure.”
The Hartselle Police Department raised $3,070 during its second annual No Shave November fundraiser.
Proceeds will go to the Alabama chapter of Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation. Hydrocephalus is a condition that causes an excessive amount of cerebrospinal fluid to collect in the brain.
The most common treatment for the incurable condition is a shunt that drains fluid from the brain into another part of the body where it can be absorbed naturally. The accumulation of the fluid creates potentially harmful pressure on the tissues of the brain.
The foundation was chosen as this year’s donation recipient to support Sgt. Kel Roberts whose 3-year-old daughter, Reagan, was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus at 16 weeks gestation.
“Our doctors told us that we could terminate the pregnancy, but decided to put our faith in God and through with it,” said Roberts, who is the co-chair of PHF. His wife Danielle is the chairwoman.
Robert’s said the condition slightly affects Reagan’s motor skills, but not her intelligence. So far, she has had three brain surgeries to replace shunts.
“I think the people around Reagan have been impacted more than she has,” Roberts said. “She is a happy child and is ray of light for our entire family.”
As a parent, Roberts said the hardest part is not knowing what tomorrow holds.
“We’re always on guard because we never know if something as simple as the common cold is a red flag that something is wrong,” he said.
The Hartselle Police Department has opted to waive their no-facial-hair policy for a good cause for the second year in a row.
Several officers are electing to participate in No Shave November to raise money for the Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation. This non-profit organization was chosen by the police force because Sgt. Kel Roberts has a daughter with hydrocephalus, and he and his wife Danielle helped charter an Alabama chapter of the PHF.
Reagan Roberts, 3, has a condition that causes cerebrospinal fluid to collect around the brain and spinal cord, which was once known as “water on the brain.” The most prevalent treatment for this irreversible condition is a shunt that drains the fluid from the brain into another part of the body, usually the abdomen. Reagan has already had three brain surgeries and a shunt.
Roberts said there is little funding for research on this condition that affects about one in every 500 births.
“There’s not a lot out there to treat or learn about hydrocephalus,” Roberts said. “It only gets a small portion of government funding for research, which is a tiny amount compared to other, less prevalent conditions. While research for all conditions is great, we wanted to do what we could to promote hydrocephalus.”
The Roberts family looked for a way to raise money and spread the word about the cause. Danielle is now the Chairman of the Alabama chapter of the PHF, and he is the Co-Chair. Roberts suggested the police department use their annual fundraiser to benefit the condition.
“Our chief lets us break the facial hair policy in November if each officer in the competition raises $100,” Roberts said. “Each officer collects money, and we have a website to keep up with who is involved and how much has been raised. We accept cash or checks made out to the Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation. People can specify which officer they want to support or just let the officers split it equally.”
Donations can be made to their website active.com/donate/phfshave until Nov. 30. Visitors can also see who has donated, how much money each officer has raised and the total amount raised. The officers are competing for special individual awards including The Highest Earning Beard Award, The Ultimate Beardster Award, The Grayest Beard Award and The Baby Face Beard Award.
The 10 participating officers have raised $1,175 so far.
Roberts said he is excited for the police force to be able to help fund hydrocephalus research.
“We thought this fundraiser would really make it a local effort that would mean a lot to us,” Roberts said. “I’m very proud to be a part of this and we hope we can continue to do our part no matter how small it might seem. I know most people know someone with hydrocephalus, but they don’t know what it’s all about. Maybe our funds can help educate and touch the lives of people and families living with hydrocephalus.”
HARTSELLE, AL (WAFF) — Hartselle police officers are teaming up with the Alabama Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation to raise money with the No Shave November Contest for a Cure.
Each participating officer began November with a clean shave, and they will go “beard to beard” to raise the most money by Nov. 30.
Each officer has been given a minimum goal of $100 to participate.
At the end of November, each officer will be eligible to win an award in the following categories:
The Highest Earning Beard Award
The Ultimate Beardster Award
The Grayest Beard Award
The Baby Face Beard Award
You can click here to see the participating officers and find out how to donate to the cause. You can also find out more about the Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation and what their mission is.
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Glen Ridge resident Colette Umar seems like a typical twenty year old. She hangs out with friends, attends school and even has a plan for after graduation. “I’ve always wanted to work with children and I’ve always liked school. I plan to study early childhood education and then work with little kids.” A stark difference between Colette and most of her peers, though, is that she has undergone fifteen brain surgeries to help control the excess cerebral spinal fluid collecting around her brain. Colette has hydrocephalus.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, it’s estimated that one to two out of every thousand babies is born with hydrocephalus. In infants, this condition can cause symptoms like: an unusually large head, vomiting, irritability and seizures. It’s often congenital, though it can develop at any age for a variety of reasons. The most common causes of hydrocephalus include: spina bifida, a tumor on the spinal cord or brain, certain infections and traumatic brain injuries. It can lead to neurologic issues and even death if not treated.
Many parents learn of their child’s diagnosis while still pregnant or just after birth. Colette’s parents found out that she had hydrocephalus while she was in utero. Her first surgery, when a shunt was inserted into her brain to redirect the excess spinal fluid to a part of her body that could absorb it, took place when she was merely one day old. Her fifteenth surgery was completed when she was in the second grade. “Most of my surgeries were shunt revisions,” she explained, “which is normal for people with this disorder. Shunts aren’t perfect and they don’t last forever.” The Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation (PHF) website asserts that an average of 40,000 shunt operations occur each year.
Colette explained that aside from learning delays, hydrocephalus has not interfered with her life too much. Most of her friends know about her condition and are willing to learn more. She also hasn’t had as many surgeries as some others with the condition, so she’s able to see her friends more. She added, “In more severe cases, people don’t always know how to react to the person with hydrocephalus. And if they have many surgeries, they aren’t around to build those friendships. They spend a lot of time in the hospital.”
It’s this lack of understanding that has spurred Colette’s advocacy efforts. While in middle school, she realized that she wanted to learn more about this condition and she wanted others to know about it, too. In high school, she initiated faculty dress down days to spread awareness and then started participating in walks for the PHF. She has also raised money for PHF by making and selling jewelry and decorated flip flops. Twice, she has travelled to Washington DC with PHF to educate members of Congress and to try to secure research funds. During her last trip, she along with other NJ residents, met with staffers from Senator Booker and Senator Menendez’s offices and with a representative of Congressman Payne. Colette added “I hope that all this hard work will result in me seeing a cure for hydrocephalus in my lifetime!”
If you would like to get involved, visit the PHF website to learn more or to donate.