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Wednesday, June 1, 2016
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There is another important reason to wear purple. 

June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. 

To learn MORE, please click on the following link: http://www.headaches.org/june-is-national-migraine-headache-awareness-month/

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Monday, May 23, 2016
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Cailen Rundles had regular headaches, leg and back pains and vision problems as a second-grader. He "threw up all the time for no reason," his mother, Elizabeth Burnett Rundles, said. 

Seventeen trips to the doctor during that year found nothing. But an MRI on April 13, 2013, revealed Cailen has Chiari malformation, for which there is no cure. 

In two years and four months, he had five brain surgeries. 

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Thursday, May 5, 2016
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The International Chiari Association (ICA) wants everyone to know that National Nurses Week will take place from Friday, May 6, until Thursday, May 12. 

May 12 is important because that is Florence Nightingale's birthday.

Nightingale is best remembered as a pioneer of nursing and a reformer of hospital sanitation methods.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016
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On Tuesday, International Chiari Association (ICA) Founder/President Pete Dal Bello talked about Chiari, the ICA turning five years old on April 8, Mascot Courage the Bear and his plans to run for Santa Barbara City Council in 2017.

"One of my mottos is that we're all put here to help others and to not let anyone define you," Dal Bello told the mayor, city council and others in attendance. "Don't let your health, or what you look like or where you come from determine your present and future."

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Friday, April 8, 2016
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The International Chiari Association (ICA), an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, is celebrating its fifth birthday today. 

It was founded on April 8, 2011, by Pete Dal Bello, with the assistance of Robert Mislang and Jason Floyd. 

"I want to thank everyone for their continued support," said Dal Bello, who is the ICA's Founder/President. "It is those with Chiari, especially the young children, and the people that care about them that inspire me each day to lead this organization." 

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016
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It is four years ago today that Bryce Autry died at the age of six. Chiari took his life, but Bryce lives on in so many ways.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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All of us at the International Chiari Association (ICA) would like to wish Mascot Courage the Bear a Happy Birthday!

Courage, who is the first mascot in Chiari History, was born in Alaska on Feb. 2. He is an orphan grizzly bear and the year and exact location in Alaska, are not known at the present time.

"I hope that everyone joins me in wishing Courage a Happy Birthday," said ICA Founder/President Pete Dal Bello. "He has helped bring joy to many people, especially young children with Chiari."

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Monday, January 11, 2016
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: Monday, January 11, 2016

ICA's Pete Dal Bello Running for City Council

SANTA BARBARA, California - Pete Dal Bello, who is the founder and president of the International Chiari Association (ICA), announced at the all-volunteer nonprofit organization's Jan. 8 board meeting that he will be running for Santa Barbara City Council in 2017.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016
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*** Just because I look good, it doesn't mean that I feel good. 

*** If you don't have Chiari, please don't think you know what I'm going through.

*** A Chiari headache is different than a migraine headache.

*** Everybody is different - so please don't compare me to other people with health problems (even those with Chiari).

*** Treat me like you do everyone else. I don't expect you to treat me better, but certainly don't treat me any worse.

*** Living with pain and fatigue is very frustrating so please try to be ...

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Thursday, December 31, 2015
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All of us at the International Chiari Association (ICA) would like to wish you a Happy New Year!!!

We hope that your 2016 is filled with health and happiness. 

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