Children's Hospital announces Spina Bifida Support Group

By WEEK Producer

Children's Hospital announces Spina Bifida Support Group

June 12, 2014 Updated Jun 12, 2014 at 3:20 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. – The Children’s Hospital of Illinois and the Illinois Spina Bifida Association have announced the creation of a Spina Bifida Support Group.

The group is offering scholarships for people aged 7 and up to go for a week-long session at Camp Independence, a spina bifida treatment facility.

Spina bifida is caused when the spine fails to close properly during the first month of pregnancy. It is America’s most common permanent birth defects, affecting three of every 10,000 babies in Illinois.

The scholarships are funded by Mildred F. Miller, who was the director of the OSF Spina Bifida Clinic.

The Spina Bifida Support Group is also sponsoring a free trip to see a Normal CornBelters baseball game in July.