News Article
Monday, May 28, 2018
ICA Given Free Sponsorship on TV Show

The International Chiari Association (ICA), which is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, is now a sponsor of a Santa Barbara, California-based television show. 

The TV talk show is called "SB Native Pete Dal Bello." Also the founder and president of the ICA, Dal Bello co-hosts the show with Jatzibe Sandoval. Each episode can be seen on Mondays (9 p.m.) and Fridays (10:30 a.m.) on Channel 17 in Santa Barbara.

Dal Bello was born with Chiari and had successful decompression surgery in 2009. He founded the ICA two years later.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
For the Love of the Game

David Waybright is a senior at Independence High School in Bakersfield, California. Waybright is on the baseball team and he is not letting Chiari keep him from living life.

Despite having been in the hospital at least once a month, every month, for his entire life, Waybright will graduate on time with a 3.7 GPA. He plans to go to Bakersfield College with the goal of transferring to Fresno State to become a history teacher.

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Monday, May 14, 2018
If Your Friend or Relative Has Chiari, Please Understand

*** Just because I look good, it doesn't mean that I feel good.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Remember the Moms and Support the ICA with AmazonSmile

Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday, May 13.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018
ICA Celebrates National Nurses Week (May 6-12)

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

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Monday, April 23, 2018
Telling a Friend or Relative


Having Chiari obviously changes your life. While no one suffers more than the Chiarian, it also affects those around you. Your family and friends will suffer along with you, so be grateful to the loved ones who remain by your side. 

Most Chiarians typically experience symptoms for years before being diagnosed. It is also very common for ...

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Thursday, April 19, 2018
Preparing for Your Appointment


Medical appointments are often brief and expensive. This is why preparation is so important and I have written this article to increase your chances of getting the most out of your time at the doctor's office. 

The route Chiari patients usually take is to ... 

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News Article
Monday, April 16, 2018
Courage's Day Out

ICA Mascot Courage the Bear keeps pretty busy. Here's a video showing him out in public:

The City of Santa Barbara has never been the same since.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
When Courage the Bear Visited City Hall

ICA Founder/President Pete Dal Bello frequently speaks at City Hall in Santa Barbara, California. 

While Dal Bello usually speaks about City-related issues, ICA Mascot Courage the Bear upstaged him at City Hall on Sept. 11, 2012. Dal Bello was talking to the mayor and city council about the Chiari Awareness Celebration, which would take place on Sept. 16.

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Monday, April 9, 2018
Happy Birthday to the ICA!!!

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The International Chiari Association (ICA) is celebrating its seventh birthday today.

"We want to thank everyone for their support," said ICA Founder/President Pete Dal Bello. "We really appreciate it."

The all-volunteer nonprofit organization was founded by Dal Bello on April 8, 2011, with the assistance of Robert Mislang and Jason Floyd. Since the birthday landed on a Sunday, the ICA is celebrating today.

ICA Mascot Courage the Bear picked up the balloons. Unfortunately, he can't count so more than seven balloons were purchased.