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Local woman makes Cranio care packages for babies

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Local woman makes Cranio care packages for babies with rare birth defect. A local Kennewick woman is bringing awareness to Cranio Syndrome, also known as Craniosynostosis.

It is a birth defect in babies that causes parts of their skull to stop growing. About one in 2,000 children are diagnosed every year in the United States.

Now one mother, Angela Combs is making hats and blankets for children who go through Cranio surgery. She says she felt inspired after someone gave her own son a Cranio hat and blanket after his operation. Angela decided to do the same for others, and works with two other women. One in Seattle and Colorado who help her send care packages to families.

Angela Combs says "I wanted to make it very personal." She told families she knew what they were going through and wanted to offer comfort in the blankets, hats and packaged items that she was sending to families. Angela also wants to bring awareness of the birth defect.

Sandy Stroben, Angela's mother says "it is growing because she is now sending packages all over the world and that alerted so many people to the fact that this is a growing concern."

So far about 500 packages have been sent all over the U.S. and have reached parts of England and even Australia. The project is all run on donations.