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 …

OC Marathon is coming

Orange County Marathon benefitting UCP-OC! May 5, 2013 What better way to start off your New Year by signing up to participate in the OC Marathon, running or walking to support UCP-OC?! For the 7th year Team Jake will be running in the 5K, half and full marathon in support of UCP-OC and the difference being made …

Welcome to the Digital Age

We are very excited about what is in store at United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County in 2013! We are not only serving more children but we are DOING OUR BEST to enter into the digital age. We understand that our parents, donors and staff live a majority of their lives “plugged in” and we …

Hot Off the Press: UCP News!

Disability Update Large share of ED visits made by adults with disabilities. Nearly 40% of emergency department visits in the U.S. involved working-age adults with disabilities, NIH researchers reported in the journal Health Services Research. An analysis of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey found that the severity of a disability’s limitations correlated with greater use …

My Child Without Limits December Newsletter

The holidays are upon us! Here are some good tips for the holidays and we found the piece about preemies very interesting. Preemies are Still Facing Severe Disabilities Despite healthcare and medical advances between 1995 and 2006, virtually the same percentage of babies born premature in those years developed some type of severe disability. The …

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 …