Hello friends at UCP-OC!

I hope you have enjoyed the holidays are starting 2012 off right! There are many things I would like to accomplish this year, but most importantly I am just focusing on staying healthy and doing well in my second semester of college. I hope to continue to spread awareness about cerebral palsy, especially to the younger people of our time because that is where we can make the greatest impact! I feel like the more people who know that there are children and teens with disabilities that aren’t getting the help they need; the more programs can continue to grow and help those who need it. It is all about education and awareness, right?

So I have been trying to up my cardio a little bit, because I would like to get a team of students and whoever else is motivated, to participate in the OC Marathon raising money and awareness for UCP-OC! Running is not easy for me, but it makes me feel strong and healthy, and I hope to continue to run for as long as my legs will let me. Since I only have CP on my left side, my right leg fatigues much faster than the average person, which makes me have extra tight leg muscles. Thankfully, I know when I need to stretch and take some easy days so I don’t overdo it!  Anyway back to what I was saying earlier, my goal for the run to get sponsors to fundraise a bit, but since we are all on a college-student budget it might just be a great opportunity to get out there and have some fun in honor of a great cause! I am probably going to get a new pair of running shoes soon, so if any readers know a great brand for someone like me with CP then go ahead and post a comment if you’d like! I’d appreciate any tips. 🙂 I will keep you all on the update about the progress to get a team of runners together, but for now I just hope some people will be open to the idea when everyone gets back for the semester in February. The team for the OC Marathon is “Team Jake & UCP-OC Families, so if you are interested and want to join, (or sponsor someone) let us know on the blog here and I am sure we can get you some more information. You can also follow this link to the page, click here.

On Saturday, February 11th, I will be speaking at a fundraising event in support of people with disabilities and UCP-OC. The event, Sea & Sky Guild’s Classic Vegas, will be an evening of dinner, cocktails, silent and live auctions and casino gaming all in support of the Sea & Sky Scholarship Therapy Fund for UCP-OC. I am honored to be a part of a night dedicated to spreading awareness about our common cause. Hopefully I will see some of you there!

Well I am off today to get my hair trimmed from my twin sis who is in cosmetology school… (I know what you’re thinking—uh oh…but she is doing so well and takes clients on a daily basis!) Great for me, though—I can always have nice hair. 🙂

Take care everyone, and I’ll get back to you in February!


Here is the invitation for the Sea & Sky Guild Classic Vegas. If you are interested you may purchase a ticket on UCP-OC’s website. Click here to go to the site.

Published by Life Without Limits: UCP of Orange County

The mission of UCP of Orange County is to help children with disabilities reach their full potential and improve the quality of life for their families.

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  1. If I lived in Cali I would without a doubt join you in the marathon. I cannot run but after training I could walk pretty far distances. 🙂 Good luck to you. As for the shoes–try New Balance or Rebok. I honestly don’t think Nike has enough support or padding.

  2. I wish you could join too, that would be a lot of fun…. I will check out New Balance, I’ve heard that a few times now so they must be good…I feel the same about Nikes too! Thank you Niccole, take care 🙂

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