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Lookouts work to Strike Out Hydrocephalus

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

Saturday, about a dozen kids and their families headed to the diamond for some baseball fun and to raise awareness about a disease called hydrocephalus. From pitching to batting practice, this might seem like your typical baseball game.

"There ya go!" said Lookouts player Travis Harrison, "Look at that!"

But it's not your typical baseball game, it's more than that.

"It helps me forget about being in the hospital and stuff," said 8 year old Emma McLaughen.

It's a day in the sun to help these young players forget all the days they spend in a hospital bed.

"It's no brain surgeries," said Emma's mom, Chara McLaughen, "It's no hydrocephalus for a day."

The players taking over the diamond have all been diagnosed with hydrocephalus.

It's a disease in which the only cure is brain surgery, a routine 8 year old Emma knows all too well.
           
"I've had 12 brain surgeries," Emma explained.

"She was 4 months old when she had her first brain surgery," Chara furthered.
           
At this game players are raising awareness about the disease in hopes of eventually finding a better treatment.

"It's this little known condition, but there are a lot of people that have it," Chara said.

But on Saturday, Lookouts players were showing off their skills and having a good time with 11 of their best teammates, who are fighting to strike out hydrocephalus.

"We're just hanging out and having a good time," Harrison said.            

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