One of our little recipients at the DC Casino Night was Olivia, a seven year old from Fairfax, Virginia who was brought to us by Becky Bentley, former recipient and current Betterment board member. Olivia was diagnosed with a brain tumor attached to her spinal cord and cerebellum in 2006. As a result of many complications with the surgery to correct the tumor, she developed a chain reaction of health problems, including hydrocephalus requiring the placement of a shunt, a cerebellar mutism disallowing her to speak for five months, deafness in one ear, the inability to walk on her own, and nystagmus making her cross-eyed. These are immense medical difficulties for such a little girl to battle. On top of that, the family was rapidly reaching their insurance cap. In an effort to assist Olivia in her struggle to control her involuntary eye movements and learn to read, Betterment helped to pay for therapy sessions designed to focus her eyes on the written word.
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