Life’s a Journey with CP and Me: Teen Night

Hello UCP-OC! Wow—are we really already half way done with December? I can’t believe it… but it doesn’t make me less excited for the holidays! My favorite thing to do around this time of the year is walk around Balboa Island to look at all the pretty Christmas lights on the houses, boats, and docks. …

Our Holiday Story: Granden

New Year’s brings memories of laughter, family and celebration. It’s not a time where one expects to hear “Your child has Jeune Syndrome,” a rare genetic disease where 60% of cases do not live past the age of two. However, on New Year’s Eve 2009 Frank and Geri Kate heard this news, and were faced …

Child of the Month: November

Dylan The month November has many important days such as Thanksgiving… and Black Friday, as well as its our Child of the Month, Dylan’s, birthday! Dylan Delgadillo was born prematurely on 11/05/09, arriving about 15 weeks early and weighing only 900 grams (under 2lbs.). He needed to have a prolonged hospital stay as he gained weight and …

Growth

I mentioned in an earlier post that UCP-OC continues to grow! We are veryexcited looking at the growth of our organization. We are serving nearly 4,000 families despite the budget cuts! This means that more families are recieving our programs, more children are participating in our recreational activities and more parents are getting the support they need. Which …

Fundraising Update!

  Bonner Paddock, founder of OM Foundation, recently stopped by for a tour of our facilities and gifted United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County with a check for $35,000 in support of our programs! Paddock is a cerebral palsy advocate and continually raises money to ensure that UCP-OC can maintain serving our community of special …

Make Insurance Cover Autism

We received this e-mail and thought we would pass it along to our readers 🙂 Your advocacy is needed to help protect the services our children are currently entitled to under California’s Lanterman Act. Please see below as to what action steps are requested.       Help Save the Lanterman Act!   Help Save …

A September of Firsts

Happy September! Today is the first day of September and it couldn’t be a more beautiful day. September is a month of firsts. School starts soon meaning the first day of Kindergarten, first time riding the bus, first time dropping off your baby at school, first day of High School or even college. I have …

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Summer has officially arrived and things are changing here at UCP-OC! We have two new employees (one being me) and a desire to really get to know you! (our lovely families at UCP-OC) So as we get to know you, its only fair you learn a little more about me! I wrote a little blurb …

More Than Just a Sash and a Crown: Audience Award for Best Documentary

Sunday, May 1st was a beautiful day in Orange County, where the Newport Beach Film Festival premiered “Defining Beauty: Ms. Wheelchair America.” This documentary captures five women’s journey to the 2010 Ms. Wheelchair America pageant. The Ms. Wheelchair America contest has been around for 37 years educating and advocating for the more than 54 million …

Sign up for Bike Camp 2011

Last year at the OC Bike Camp, children were given the opportunity to learn the freedom of riding a bike. Kathrina told us her story about her son’s experience at the weeklong camp. “My son has autism and everyone at the camp did not think he was going to make it on a bike the first day because of …