For Spina Bifida Awareness Month, Many Locals are Performing Dares for Awareness Walk

October is Spina Bifida Awareness month, commemorate it by joining the "Walk for Empowerment" on Oct. 15th in Montgomery, NY

Online PR News – 06-October-2011 – – Port Jervis resident, Anne Horsham and her friend Donna Carver may wear Shaving Cream Hairdos to raise awareness of Spina Bifida and funds for The Spina Bifida Resource Network (SBRN). Ashley Decker may also be called upon to become a human target for a water balloon attack. Other participants will perform crazy dares at the 2nd Annual “Walk for Empowerment” event happening on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at Thomas Bull Memorial Park at 10:00 am in Montgomery, New York. This walk and the funds raised from the “Dare to Be Aware of Spina Bifida” Campaign will support SBRN’s services for the families who live with Spina Bifida in the Hudson Valley area.

The “Dare to Be Aware” campaign is hosted by, and is an online fundraiser where donations are made towards a dare or task. The dare that wins the most funds is the one performed. Participants in the campaign will perform them at the Walk for Empowerment, which is free and open to the public. In addition to the 2-mile walk and live entertainment, there will be fun activities, a free family picnic, and a tricky tray auction with various prizes and giveaways. SBRN and its members are calling for participants to join in the outdoor fun, exercise, and social activity. Bring the whole family and help a good cause!

Pre-registrants are encouraged to raise pledges. Register online, at, and create a custom pledge page to help raise funds for the non-profit’s services that are expanding to the Southern New York State area. A free t-shirt will be given to all pre-registrations completed before September 30. The top three fundraisers will win prizes.

Sponsors include: CCS Medical, Orange Regional Medical Center, The Bumble Bee Project, Keller Williams, Surehands Lift & Care Systems, Music by Danielle, and Manchester Orthopedic Inc.

Spina Bifida is the most frequently occurring, permanently disabling birth defect in the United States. It occurs when there is an incomplete formation of the spine during the first stages of fetal development and often results in partial paralysis, bowel and bladder incontinence, skin sensitivity, hydrocephalus, and a myriad of other cognitive, developmental, and physical challenges in varying degrees.
The Spina Bifida Resource Network is the only organization solely dedicated to the thousands of individuals and families living with Spina Bifida in New Jersey, Metro New York and Orange and Sullivan counties of New York.

To participate in the “Dare to Be Aware Campaign” or the “Walk for Empowerment” or to find out more information, call Laura at 908-782-7475 or email You can also go online at and click on events.