Aqua Zumba party raises $400 for Hydrocephalus Association
By Alicia Hunt-Welch
ZUMBROTA – Ah-Sirt Fitness and Nail Studio owner Trisha Miller recently organized a fundraiser to support the Hydrocephalus Association and Team A in honor of Allie Degrood. An Aqua Zumba Pool Party was held on August 21 at the Zumbrota pool and $400 was collected for Team A to be donated to the 4th annual Hydrocephalus Walk in Rogers on September 15. This will be Degrood’s fourth year leading a team in the metro area walk.
Allie DeGrood, 15, is the daughter of Jill and Rick Swenson and Chuck DeGrood. She lives in Zumbrota and attends Kenyon-Wanamingo High School. She was born with hydrocephalus, commonly referred to as water on the brain. The condition causes excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid – a clear fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. This results in abnormal widening of spaces in the brain called ventricles, which creates potentially harmful pressure on the tissues of the brain. To treat her condition, doctors inserted stunt systems to divert the flow of fluid from the central nervous system to other areas of the body where it can be absorbed as part of the normal circulatory process. Over her lifetime, Degrood has spent a great deal of time in the hospital and undergone several surgeries. In 2012, she was hospitalized for a lengthy time. During one of two required surgeries last summer, complications resulted and she suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Trisha Miller’s business specializes in personal training, pilates matwork and reformer, Zumba, Zumba toning, boot camp, TRX, kickboxing, kettlebells, line dancing, and Piyo fitness, and nail services. She is a friend of DeGrood’s family and has supported her every year for her walk. This year Miller decided to organize a fundraiser. Most of the people who participated in the Aqua Zumba Pool Party did not know Degrood but still contributed to her cause. Her mother Jill Swenson said, “The community support was pretty awesome.”
To support Team A and the Hydrocephalus Association, Google “Hydrocephalus Walk in Rogers.” Website visitors can enter a participant’s name and make an online donation.