Life’s a Journey with CP and Me

Hi Everyone at UCP-OC! Katy here—I just returned from UCP-OC’s bike camp at Soka University in Aliso Viejo (where I am going into my 3rd year for my BA!) For those of you who are unfamiliar with the week-long camp, it is put on by iCanShine, a national organization that provides quality learning opportunities in recreational activities for …

A Year in Review

An Update from Our CEO  CEO Cathleen Collins shares in this upcoming Summer Newsletter a review of this past year and celebrates the mark of UCP-OC’s 60 years of serving Orange County — 2013 marks a special year as we celebrate our 60th Anniversary in Orange County, and the different core programs, people and events …

Child of the Month: July

July 2013: Kiaan July’s Child of the Month is a very special boy at UCP-OC for many reasons, and we wanted to celebrate him on his birthday month! Kiaan was born on July 4th, and he just celebrated his third birthday! Kiaan is a micro preemie, being born 15 weeks early. The first 4 months of …

Child of the Month: June 2013

June 2013: Knightly After three years of desperately trying to start their family, David and Drexelle learned that they were going to have a baby. “We created a hope for the future and an image of what our children would look like and two days after our son was born it felt as if those …

A Mother’s Reflection on UCP-OC

In a class assignment, one of our parents was asked to describe how parents of children “go through” the stages of grief. After sharing her heartfelt and emotional answer on how she views UCP-OC, we were left speechless and eager to share with our families. We hope you enjoy it and can connect with her …

Child of the Month: April 2013

April 2013: Spencer  Spencer has been a constant smile at UCP-OC for almost 4 years now. He is a happy, friendly, fun-loving  child who loves to be around adults and peers.  Spencer has a special fascination with airplanes and tunnels; which is good for his yearly trips to France where his mother is from. In the home, …

Child of the Month: March 2013

Melanie: March 2013 From my first interaction with Melanie I could see that she has a sense of adventure that cannot be rivaled…or stifled! Melanie’s curiosity brings her into many a unique situation, but it is her ingenuity & problem solving skills that really astound me. When she has her mind-set to do something she …

Child of the Month: February 2013

Ordinarily when writing the child of the month feature I meet with the family to hear their story and then I write our post. This month’s child story came directly to my inbox thanks to Ms. Pati! Kai’s father was kind enough to send me Kai’s story. Sweet Kai’s story was too touching to re-write …

Child of the Month: December 2012

December 2012: Wyatt This month we are celebrating Wyatt, AND we want to share with you his video. In this video you can see his family’s journey and the difference UCP-OC has made in Wyatt’s life. Please consider making a gift to UCP-OC this season to make a differentce in the life of a child. …

Child of the Month: November

November 2012: Wyatt Four years ago, we noticed our sweet 6 month-old son missing developmental milestones, and we began to search frantically for a cause. Our answer was clear, yet one we struggled to accept. Our son, Wyatt, was diagnosed with hypotonic cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy (CP) is damage to the brain that affects the …