A courageous young Hampshire County woman is helping to find a cure to a brain condition that’s afflicted her since birth.
Bella Sacharczyk of Westhampton led her fourth fundraising walk for the Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation Saturday, on her 20th birthday.
Bella has undergone brain surgery 23 times since she was an infant to battle this incurable condition that has threatened her speech and ability to walk.
“I do this walk not for me probably won’t help me, but I’m doing it for the generation coming up,” Bella told 22News.
The money raised during Saturday’s walk will add to the thousands of dollars already donated to the Boston Children’s Hospital for Hydrocephalus research.
Bella is currently a biology student at Holyoke Community College. She plans on moving on to attend UMass.