Child of the Month: September 2013

September 2013: Aya We first met Aya in March 2013 when her family flew “across the pond” from England so that she could receive services from UCP-OC. Aya is almost three years old and has an undeniable smile and the cutest little walker you will ever see!  Her difficulties with balance due to her CP and different …

Child of the Month: August 2013

August 2013: Joshua Becoming a parent of a preemie transformed who I am at my core. Seemingly everything was taken out of my control; my impossibly tiny child was surgically removed from me 14 weeks early.  It was the first time I heard the term, “micro-preemie.” Joshua was born into this world in critical condition …

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 …

My Child Without Limits: June Newsletter

Helpful Tips for Raising Healthy Families With the rising increase in obesity in the United States, it is no wonder mothers are becoming more concerned about raising healthy children. Today’s economy tends to overindulge in fast food restaurants, participating in unhealthy eating habits, and lacking the motivation to stay physically active through daily exercise which …

Life Without Limits Gala 2013

What an event!! United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County marked its 60th year at our annual black tie Life Without Limits gala on May 10th at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach.  Their 2013 Impact Award was presented to Michael K. Hayde, CEO of Western National Group, for his leadership in the community and …

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 …

UCP Smart Brief: February

Disability Update Children’s skills improve with cell treatment for cerebral palsy Children with cerebral palsy who received transfusions of donated umbilical cord blood cells as well as erythropoietin and rehabilitation performed better in tests of motor and cognitive function, according to a study in the journal Stem Cells. The most progress was seen in children …

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 …