National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

At 6 months old, Justin and his parents received some difficult news. It was then that Justin was diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP), and doctors believed he would have to rely on a brace to walk.

As Justin’s parents heard this news, they felt confused and scared. But Lily, Justin’s mom, explains that Justin has a way of proving people wrong. Not for the sake of proving them wrong, but because he enjoys facing a challenge and overcoming it. In fact, by age two, Justin learned to walk by himself.

His perseverance and positive attitude have attributed to many accomplishments. Most recently, Justin learned how to ride a bicycle. It was challenging, but he did not give up, and because of this Justin can read, ice skate, and now ride a bike! He is becoming more independent with each new accomplishment and we cannot wait to see what he masters next.

For those of you who may not know much about cerebral palsy, it is an incurable disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture. The signs and symptoms vary greatly but it most typically affects muscle tone, movement and motor skills.

Cerebral palsy is one of the most common congenital disorders and there are three types of CP; spastic cerebral palsy, causes stiffness and movement difficulties, athetoid cerebral palsy, leads to involuntary and uncontrolled movements, and ataxic cerebral palsy, causes a problem with balance and depth perception.

Although there is no cure for CP, treatment, therapy, and special equipment can help to provide a higher quality of life. We here at UCP-OC have made it our mission to help provide a Life Without Limits for any and every child we can!

To help make a difference in Justin’s life, or the other kiddos we serve at UCP-OC, click here!

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