MVE executive team at Hydrocephalus Association Inaugural Orange County WALK to End Hydrocephalus (L-to-R) David Woodruff, Chief Financial Officer; Michael Spivak, Director of Operations; Matthew McLarand, President and Director of Design; Pieter Berger, Senior Associate Partner and his son Seamus Berger; Carl McLarand, Chairman and Founder and his wife Rebecca McLarand; Luis Arambula, Principal and Vice President of Architecture

MVE + Partners raised nearly $20K for Hydrocephalus Association at inaugural Orange County WALK to End Hydrocephalus

MVE + Partners (MVE), a leading architecture, planning, interiors and graphic design firm, raised nearly $20K for the Hydrocephalus Association – the largest private funder of hydrocephalus research in the U.S. – at its inaugural Orange County WALK to End Hydrocephalus.

All proceeds will benefit the nonprofit’s mission to improve the lives of those affected by and promote a cure for hydrocephalus – a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid builds up in the brain and the number one cause for brain surgery among children.

The WALK was hosted on Saturday, October 12 in Huntington Beach, Calif. and united more than 700 registered participants from local businesses, including MVE, CHOC Children’s Neuroscience Institute, Brookfield Residential, Surf4Shea, Blue Buoy Family Swim School and more. As an event sponsor, MVE rallied its leaders, employees, clients and friends to walk and help fund research for this chronic and challenging condition. In total, the Orange County WALK to End Hydrocephalus raised more than $140,000 – more than any other Hydrocephalus Association walk this year.

“We’re honored to support the amazing work performed by the Hydrocephalus Association and to help fund future cutting-edge research for children and families affected by this disease,” said Matt McLarand, president, MVE. “We’re incredibly grateful for the generosity of our colleagues, clients, consultants and friends. With their support, we nearly quadrupled our fundraising goal and helped raise awareness for this life-threatening condition.”

Pieter Berger, MVE senior associate partner and co-chair of the Hydrocephalus Association, Orange County Chapter has a personal connection to the association, as his son Shea was diagnosed with hydrocephalus at only 2 months old. Shea underwent brain surgery and with the support of family, friends and medical experts, he is now living the “shunt life” and thriving despite his condition.

“I can’t express enough how much this event and MVE’s support meant to my family,” said Berger. “Thank you to all of those who supported the association’s inaugural Orange County Walk to End Hydrocephalus and for raising awareness and funds to improve the quality of life for my son and the more than one million Americans living with the challenges of this complex illness.”

This article was released by MVE + Partners.