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Improving the Lives of Kids with Hydrocephalus

$23,370 donated
Given by 103 generous donors in around 10 months

We are cycling the length of NZ to support CureKids.


Being a new parent is tough enough but imagine being told that your baby has an abnormal build-up of fluid around the brain (hydrocephalus) and that it’s going to require neurosurgery.

There is still no way of telling when life-threatening fluid build-up is causing a rise in brain pressure except for a brain scan in hospital. Treatment is available but with a 60% chance it will block and fail within the first 2 years.

Our goal is to improve the lives of children and adults with hydrocephalus. We are developing a tool for parents and caregivers which will allow them to monitor the pressure in the brain remotely via a sensor placed alongside the drainage tube, that can then be easily shared with health care professionals electronically.

It will reduce hospitalisations, radiation exposure from CT scans and the anxiety of parents around the care of their children.

Cure Kids is kindly supporting our research at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and we questioned how we could “give back”. In a mad rush of blood to the head four of our research team decided to cycle the length of Aotearoa (that’s 3000 km) starting February 2022. We hope you will come on this journey with us and support Cure Kids.

For those that want to follow along, we will update our facebook page as we prepare and do the ride:


David Budgett, Bryon Wright, Daniel McCormick and Simon Malpas

(and friends: David Vallance, John Davies, Nigel Garland, Isaac Wilkinson, Steve Broderick)

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Josh, Carly & Zoella
Josh, Carly & Zoella on 30 Apr 2022
Well done Isaac & Bryon
Alistair on 20 Apr 2022
Well done, sorry it’s late 🙂
simon malpas

Thanks so much for your support for Curekids

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Joy on 18 Apr 2022
Well done to Isaac and team.
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Many thanks for your support

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Eamonn on 14 Apr 2022
What a fantastic achievement guys for a very worthwhile cause, loved seeing the photos, just wish I was there to celebrate at the end with Dan's Homebrew
simon malpas

Thanks Eamonn for your support for curekids and our riding. Hope your doing well in Ireland. Would love to get you back to NZ sometime, cheers Simon

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John on 05 Apr 2022
On the ride donation from Kate and Peter from Charleston
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Thanks for your support for Curekids

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This campaign started on 6 Jul 2021 and ended on 30 Apr 2022.