By Aiyana Holman and Rogelio Landa

Sunday, April 10th William Penn’s freshman Eddie Alvarez and special education teacher Vincent O’Donnell walked side by side at the 6th Annual Delaware Brain Aneurysm 5K and Wilson Walk.

Alvarez was diagnosed with a brain tumor by age 14, but had it for seven years. Once removed, it caused him to lose his sight and also have weakness on the left side of his body.

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Photo courtesy of Vincent O’Donnell Eddie Alvarez and Vincent O’Donnell stand in Glasgow Park before the 6th Annual Delaware Brain Aneurysm 5k and Wilson Walk. The event, hosted by the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, raised more than $15,000.

O’Donnell stated, “When I found out about his situation, the first day of school we kinda just share each other’s feelings and we clicked ever since.”

O’Donnell was born with a brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM). According  to the Mayo Clinic this is a, tangle of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries and veins in the brain. In high school, he noticed a vein that popped on the side of his head. O’Donnell had surgery to remove it, but had to go back to the doctor when it came back again.

At the walk there were over two hundred people that showed up to support and walk alongside brain aneurysm survivors and victims.

“It felt good to complete all that,” said Alvarez.

The event was held at Glasgow Park and the run was over three miles long.

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