Our Cause - Hydrocephalus
We are inspired by real, tough, people. That’s why we make cider with them in mind.
Children with Hydrocephalus are the toughest people we have found so far, and we have made it our mission to use this cider company as a vehicle to improve their lives.
In early 2015, I learned that my daughter Lucy (born Feb 2015) has Hydrocephalus (along with craniosynostosis), a condition in which fluid builds in the brain, and is only treated with brain surgery. Now at 1 year old, she has already undergone 4 brain surgeries and 7 hospital stays with more likely in her future. Here’s a recent photo:
Lucy is tough. Every child I’ve met with this condition is tough.
Unfortunately, there is little funding for research in this area. People with Hydrocephalus are fitted with a shunt, which is a pump-like device in their brain. Nearly 100% of shunts fail within 10 years, which means additional brain surgery to revise the shunt when it fails. Many sufferers have had 20 or more brain surgeries.
I am selfish. I want to raise as much money as possible so one day my daughter may have a better option. Using Locust Cider, we can make a difference. There are 2 ways you can help:
1- Buy our cider. Soon, our cider labels will note that a portion of sales go to the Hydrocephalus Association. Until we can update all of our packaging, a selection of flavors currently do: our Thai Ginger and Bittersweet Reserve.
2- Join the cider club. When you join we will immediately donate $25 to the Hydrocephalus Association. The rest will go towards new packaging highlighting our donation for every bottle sold. This will generate far more than the initial donation in the long run! You will also get a lot a great cider: members have their choice of a case by mail, or free cider when visiting the tap room!
Please join us in this cause. We are building our business around it, and nothing in the world is more important to me.
Jason Spears, founder of Locust Cider