Holiday Fundraising Update

Thank You!

It has officially been 1 month since we kicked off our Holiday Campaign, and we have been humbled by the incredible support and gifts our families and past donors have shown.

So far a total of 45 families have contributed, and we have received $18,000 through the generosity of those who were touched by Granden’s family’s story. Just today we received a very generous gift of $10,000!

If you have not had the opportunity to see the family’s video I would like to invite you to view it below. Thank you for your continued support of our organization. Please consider making a year-end donation to UCP-OC, any amount that is meaningful to you is greatly appreciated.

*to make a tax-deductible year-end gift please click here.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how you can get involved at UCP-OC please don’t hesitate to ask me.

Thank you,

Elizabeth Wylie

ewylie@ucp-oc.org

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Life’s a Journey with CP and Me: Teen Night

Hello UCP-OC!

Wow—are we really already half way done with December? I can’t believe it… but it doesn’t make me less excited for the holidays! My favorite thing to do around this time of the year is walk around Balboa Island to look at all the pretty Christmas lights on the houses, boats, and docks. 🙂

On another note, I want to talk about the Friday Night Club that a few friends and I from Soka went to a few weeks back. I was so happy to have people take an interest in going to the Life Without Limits Center, I think there was probably about 30 people total, I could be wrong—but that was a nice surprise! Regardless, I know we all had a lot of fun hanging out with other teens from the center and other schools. There were yummy treats set out and fun games like Jenga and Bingo that we were all able to play together.  I loved that they also showed the movie Elf…that just so happens to be one of my favorite movies! Will Ferrell is hilarious in general, let alone him as an elf in tights!

We would definitely like to come back maybe when we come back for our spring semester; I got a lot of great feedback from the other students at Soka. A few upperclassmen told me how they wished they had known about the center when they first came to the school because they really love what UCP is all about and that they work with young people of all ages. Some students even asked me when we could go back as we made our way home! So it was definitely a success for all of us, I think… I am glad both the Soka students and teens from the center seemed to have a positive response. It made me very happy knowing that ability level was not a factor at all that night, and that we could all have fun together 🙂 The center is such a great resource not just for babies and children, but teens and young adults as well! It was nice also to be able to bring a greater awareness about disabilities on campus, and share about my CP as well to a few of my classmates.

Other than that—I am on my last few exams for finals and then I am done! It will be such a relief to be done for a bit and spend some time with my family and friends. College is sometimes so busy, but it has definitely helped me become more efficient with my time and organize my priorities! I’ve definitely realized that the academics alone are not even half of what you learn in college. I have probably learned more about myself and in the past few months than I have in a few years just by immersing myself in everything that college has to offer me.

-Katy

Volunteer Spotlight: Joshua Moses

Joshua Moses is seventeen years old and is currently on the road to achieve his Eagle Scout award.   

Joshua wanted to construct something of importance for his project, and heard through UCP-OC’s Speech Therapist, Patty Skinner, that we could use some help.  He originally planned on building ten to twelve one foot long balance beams, but found out that they were not needed.  After meeting with Kathleen McFarlin he decided to build the stair/ ramp piece as well as two six foot long balance beams. We are greatly appreciative of Joshua’s project, and the children at UCP-OC can be seen using his stair/ramp almost daily.

Child of the Month: December

Granden

Granden, like many of our children, is thriving due to UCP-OC’s Early Intervention. As the video says, Granden has Jeune Syndrome. Juene Syndrome affects the growth of long bones, your limbs and ribs, resulting with a dwarfism in the limbs. With daunting odds, there was a point in time his parents feared that they would not see Granden reach his second birthday. Granden is more than his disability, he is a joy to be around and brings entertainment to all that come in contact with him. Just as Geri Kate says in the video, he has a certain energy about him. Granden has stolen all of our hearts at UCP-OC and we have loved watching him grow and excel in his therapy sessions at our Life Without Limits Therapy Center.

This year Granden has celebrated his birthday, and is cruising towards his third birthday entertaining us along the way!

We thank you all for your support of UCP-OC throughout the years, and ask that you please remember us in your year-end giving this year. Every gift makes a difference, just $15 could cover the cost of art supplies for a child in our art class!

 You can see more pictures of Granden, along with make a donation at www.ucp-oc.org/getinvolved/granden.