September 4th, 2012 marks the first World Cerebral Palsy Day. My hopes with this post is to educate just a little bit more than you might already know. My original thought was to create a slide show with music and stats but since I jumped on the ball a little late, I made a collage instead. Pictured below are some of my friends, children (or adults) with cerebral palsy (all wearing green of course!) and people I consider family. A huge thank you to: Nena, Rhea, Nolie, Anchel, Karen, Veronica, Denise, Rachel, Angela, Katheryn, Maryanne, Ashley, Barbara and Catherine. Honestly, thank you so much! (Pay no attention to Nolie, she had nothing green to wear so she put a swiffer hat on. It’s all fun and games around here and that’s how I feel about educating and advocating. )
From the CDC:
Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common motor disability during childhood.
CP prevalence was significantly lower among Hispanic children than among Black or White children.
Spastic CP was the most common type of CP, found among approximately 80% of children with CP.
CP, on average, occurred 1.2 times more frequently among boys than among girls.
- Low birthweight and premature birth
- Disruption of blood and oxygen supply to the developing brain
- Infection among mothers
- Congenital abnormalities
- Traumatic brain injury.
Our family is urging you to wear green tomorrow to show your support for cerebral palsy, together I’m sure we can educate the world just a little bit more!