“I am once again proud to support this resolution in recognition of National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day to bring awareness to the challenges faced by the individuals and their families struggling with this debilitating neurological disorder,” said Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga. “I hope that Americans across the country will take time to educate themselves and others on cerebral palsy and show their support for the brave families that are affected by this disorder.”
"The very first National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day in the U.S. was initiated by "Reaching for the Stars" in 2009. We continue to be extremely grateful for Senator Isakson's ongoing support bringing awareness to the most common motor disability in childhood affecting 1 in 323 children and over 800,000 Americans." says Cynthia Frisina, Executive Director of the Georgia based nonprofit foundation.
Parents and children who are part of "Reaching for the Stars" traveled to Washington DC on March 25th to personally thank Senator Isakson for his efforts on behalf of people with Cerebral Palsy. (photo with Senate photo credit).
Cerebral Palsy (CP), the most common motor disability in childhood, is a devastating group of disorders, disrupting a person’s ability to move, sit, stand, walk, talk and use their hands. CP is caused by a non-progressive injury to the developing brain and the severity can vary widely. 75% of people with CP have additional conditions, including epilepsy, autism, hearing and vision impairments, communication problems, and chronic pain. More than 10,000 babies are diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy each year. In most cases, the specific cause is unknown. There is currently no known cure.
About: "Reaching for the Stars. A Foundation of Hope for Children with Cerebral Palsy” (RFTS, Inc.) is the largest pediatric Cerebral Palsy nonprofit foundation in the world led by parent volunteers, with a focus on the Prevention, Treatment and Cure of Cerebral Palsy. Our mission is centered on the belief that leading-edge research, increased awareness and educated families will lead to new treatments of Cerebral Palsy, improving the lives of people impacted by CP. To learn more visit www.reachingforthestars.org