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Posted on: September 19, 2022

City Hall Chiari Malformation Awareness

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City Hall will “Light it Up Purple” September 22-26 in honor of Chiari Malformation Awareness. 

Chiari Malformation is a serious neurological disorder where the bottom part of the brain, the cerebellum, descends out of the skull and crowds the spinal cord, putting pressure on both the brain and spine causing many symptoms including chronic headaches, neck pain, hearing or balance problems, muscle weakness or numbness, and many others. Currently, one out of one thousand people suffer from this disorder. September is Chiari Awareness Month, and in hopes to spread awareness of this neurological disorder, City Hall will shine purple lights upon its façade on the evenings of September 22-26. While the whole of September is known as Chiari Malformation month, this weekend is particularly important as it kicks off the 15th annual “Conquer Chiari Walk Across America” series of local awareness walks held across the country on the 3rd and 4th weekend of September. The Massachusetts walk is set for Saturday September 24th in Auburn MA. For more information about the local walk, please log onto https://www.conquerchiari.org/index.asp To learn more about Chiari Malformation, its symptoms and treatments, please talk with your healthcare professional. 

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