Today is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day, a day that is very important to us here at UCP-OC. UCP-OC was originally founded in 1953 to help people of all ages that are affected by cerebral palsy (CP). UCP-OC now observes a greater demand to serve children with all types of disabilities, and that demand includes CP.
For those who may not know, cerebral palsy is the general term for a number of neurological conditions that affect movement and coordination. Children with CP have difficulties controlling muscles and movements as they grow and develop. Though there is no cure for CP, therapy can help people with CP to become more independent and that is precisely the goal of UCP-OC.
In honor of Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day we would like to highlight the story of three-year-old Carter who was recently diagnosed with CP. Carter began his journey at UCP-OC by receiving physical, occupational, and speech therapy for his previous diagnosis of global developmental delay. Now that his diagnosis has changed to CP, Carter will continue to work with his therapists at UCP-OC and has made great strides and accomplished many goals.
Early on in Carter’s life, his parents Melissa and Brian along with his pediatrician noticed his visual impairment. At four months old, his vision had not improved and he began wearing glasses to correct his vision. Carter also started therapy to help him reach developmental milestones. Having impaired vision led to considerable delays for Carter but his tenacious and positive outlook, along with a bit of hard work, has gotten him far. In fact, Melissa shared that “Carter has made significant strides in all areas of his development with the help of his team at UCP-OC. As a parent, every trip to UCP-OC is my favorite because upon arrival, Carter can hardly contain his excitement because he knows where he is headed. This reaction alone is remarkable for our family.”
Melissa goes on to share that “While typical children are scheduling play dates and other activities, our children’s lives are about therapies. I say children’s because Carter’s little brother Jackson, who is one-year-old, attends every session. We spend a lot of time at UCP-OC and are grateful it is a home away from home for us. The support and love we receive from everyone is amazing. UCP-OC has really given our son a great opportunity to reach a Life Without Limits.”
His therapists Vanessa, Pati, Megan and Ria have seen Carter grow and have celebrated his accomplishments. Because UCP-OC houses multiple disciplines under one roof, Carter will be able to continue working with the therapists that have become like family. The developmental obstacles that Carter will face require hard work but we have no doubt that Carter can accomplish anything he puts his mind to.
To all of our UCP-OC benefactors, thank you for the support you have shown Carter and the 3,800 other children and families that UCP-OC proudly serves. Show your support of Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day, and Carter of course, by making a donation today! http://www.ucp-oc.org/give