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Hallie visits Hillsborough

3 June 2013

A Sheffield toddler and her family brought a special bear along on a visit to Hillsborough to raise awareness of a rare neurological disorder.

One-year-old Hallie Davidson suffers with Sturge Weber Syndrome which is visible from the port wine stain birthmark on her face and causes seizures, glaucoma, hemiparesis and developmental delays as it is also present on her brain.

Hallie was diagnosed at five-months-old and since then her parents, Rachael and Graham who are both from Hillsborough, have been working hard to raise funds and awareness for Sturge Weber UK.

The trio brought along newly unveiled mascot Bertie Bear who will be used all of the charity’s future education drives and fundraising campaigns.

Rachael said: “We have lived in Hillsborough all our lives and Hallie's great-grandad Don McEvoy even played for Sheffield Wednesday back in the 50s, so we are very pleased that the club are helping to promote this very worthy cause.

“I hope that by improving awareness we will see better treatments and earlier diagnoses in the future as well as making people see past the birthmarks that affect Hallie and other Sturge Weber suffers.”

For more information on Sturge Weber Syndrome visit Sturge Weber UK by clicking here.

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