ICA: On December 10, Wear "Purple for Pete"

Wed, 12/09/2015

International Chiari Association (ICA) Founder/President Pete Dal Bello will celebrate his 44th birthday on Thursday, December 10, and the all-volunteer nonprofit organization is encouraging everyone to wear purple to promote Chiari Awareness. 

This is in addition to ICA Purple Fridays, where purple is also worn for the same reason.

Purple has been the color for Chiari Awareness since the 1970s, but the ICA was the first to actively promote the color.

"Before the ICA was founded in 2011," Dal Bello said, "you didn't see purple anywhere. Now the color is seen all over the Chiari World."

Dal Bello, who has been on a medical leave of absence since August 4, expects to return to the ICA soon. He had a good appointment with his neurosurgeon on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

"I have been suffering from some type of localized muscular inflammation," Dal Bello added. "I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. I'm pleased to report that my health is improving and that I expect 2016 to be a big year for both the ICA and for me personally." 

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