Celebrating World Rare Disease Day

World Rare Disease Day is annually held on the last day of February in order to bring awareness to the general public, policy makers, health professionals and anyone with an interest in rare diseases. For those affected by a rare disease, this is their day to share their story. In honor of World Rare Disease …

Mandy Graduated Kindergarten with Help from UCP-OC

  Six-year-old Mandy has been receiving therapy at UCP-OC for more than three years to help her reach her full developmental potential. She was born with Down syndrome and experienced a wide range of resulting medical issues, including a seizure disorder that caused as many as 100 episodes per day. While doctors were able to …

Spotlight: Beau’s Life Without Limits with Early Intervention from UCP-OC

At United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County (UCP-OC), our vision of a Life Without Limits for children with disabilities is central to all that we do. One of our core programs is Early Intervention, which helped Beau to overcome his developmental delays. This is Beau’s story. At 9 months old, Beau’s mother Carrie began to …

Spotlight: Nathan’s Life Without Limits with Respite from UCP-OC

At United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County (UCP-OC), our vision of a Life Without Limits for children with disabilities is central to all that we do. In addition to providing the therapies and resources children with special needs require to achieve their full potential, UCP-OC seeks to improve the quality of life for families like …

Child of the Month: April 2014

Granden: Impact Update! For nearly 5 years, Geri Kate and Frank’s life has been a race to provide their son Granden with the services and therapies he needs to not only survive but thrive. Granden’s diagnosis of Jeune syndrome, a rare genetic disorder where nearly 60% of children do not reach the age of two, …

Child of the Month: February 2014

Lance: February 2014 Lance is almost 3 years-old, and his bubbling personality and joyous spirit will capture your heart immediately. Lance loves trains, and his favorite food is pizza—with heartfelt thanks to his occupational therapist, Ria, who has introduced him successfully to a variety of foods. At therapy, Lance loves to finger paint and do …

Child of the Month: January 2014

January 2014: Kolby “Gotta say hello to the ladies!” Kolby is a 6 year-old charmer who already knows the value of making the rounds to say hello to the ladies.  If his charisma and drawing personality doesn’t get you, his smile will. Kolby’s infectious grin will turn any day around! Three years ago Kolby entered …

Child of the Month: December 2013

December 2013: Brooke Brooke ended her first evening at the Friday Night Club telling us she met a friend; something we had never heard her say before. At 15 months of age, we learned our daughter Brooke would have challenges ahead of her. Now 16 and with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, social interactions with peers are …

Child of the Month….and Volunteer of the Month

November 2013: Andrew & Natalie Cernius With Thanksgiving coming up, we have much to be thankful for this month of November. We would like to kick off our month of thankfulness by featuring Andrew Cernius as our Child of the Month and Natalie Cernius as our first Volunteer of the Month! We could not be more …

World CP Day, Child of the Month: October 2013

October 2013: Wyatt With World CP Day being this past Wednesday, October 2nd we thought it would be fun to feature a very special boy with CP again and give you a bit of an update on what the therapists at UCP-OC are currently working on to make sure he lives a Life Without Limits!    On …