Stories of Hope

Basic Accommodations Can Help Disabled Children Enjoy 'Normal' Childhood Fun

Basic Accommodations Can Help Disabled Children Enjoy 'Normal' Childhood FunWhat child does not enjoy going to the park? Sliding down a whirlpool slide at the community pool? Playing bumper cars with their siblings and friends? These are just a few of the questions parents of disabled children are asking themselves, and the community. Due to many different motor and sense difficulties that disabled children go through due to their... more



Art Exhibit Highlights Skills Of Children With Cerebral Palsy

Art Exhibit Highlights Skills Of Children With Cerebral PalsyChildren who suffer from cerebral palsy have to try much harder than others their age at trying to live a normal life. They suffer many difficulties in doing things that other children can easily do without help. Cerebral palsy children may not be able to walk properly, and may have trouble with speaking, hearing and balancing. However, the intelligence... more



Kids With Cerebral Palsy Need Recreational Activities For Their Physical & Emotional Health

Kids With Cerebral Palsy Need Recreational Activities For Their Physical & Emotional HealthAnyone can remember their childhood days and the days spent at their local playground and relate to the need to make parks safe and accessible today. Many people take for granted how accessible playgrounds may have been when they were children and forget that the rise in the number of birth defects occurring in children recently means that many children... more



Life Long Dream to Golf Competitively Realized by Cerebral Palsy Patient

Life Long Dream to Golf Competitively Realized by Cerebral Palsy PatientFor families whose children suffer from birth injuries such as cerebral palsy, it often seems like a pipe dream to imagine their children one day playing sports, or even excelling at them. Jason Faircloth, 32, is an amateur golfer who is proving that a disability such as cerebral palsy doesn't mean he can't achieve his dreams. The first American golfer... more



Cerebral Palsy Doesn't Keep Young Girl from Water Skiing

Cerebral Palsy Doesn't Keep Young Girl from Water SkiingLiving life to the fullest is a challenge for anyone, but especially hard to do if you have a limiting disease such as cerebral palsy. Sixteen-year-old Effie Corriveau proved that nothing can keep an enthusiastic spirit down when she went water skiing this summer, despite suffering from cerebral palsy. Five youths with different disabilities participated in the event that... more



Stand Up Comedian Speaks of Life with Cerebral Palsy

Stand Up Comedian Speaks of Life with Cerebral PalsyIt is inspiring to hear cerebral palsy patients speak of how they overcame their disability and led exciting and productive lives. One such case is stand-up comedian Geri Jewell, best known for her role as "Cousin Geri" on "The Facts of Life," a 1980's sitcom. Jewell entertained a crowd of 120 people in June, who had congregated to celebrate the... more



The Power of Encouragement for Cerebral Palsy Patients

The Power of Encouragement for Cerebral Palsy PatientsGenerally when doctors advise people with cerebral palsy on ways to increase their quality of life, they mostly consider medical procedures. Whether it's a surgery, more physical therapy, or a new piece of equipment, cerebral palsy patients are used to medicalized treatments. While these therapies are very important, there is another form of therapy that can be equally as important:... more



Umbilical Cord Blood Cell Infusion Causes Cerebral Palsy Symptoms to Reverse

Umbilical Cord Blood Cell Infusion Causes Cerebral Palsy Symptoms to ReverseIn between running to doctors appointments, therapy appointments, and living every day life, most parents of children with cerebral palsy spend their precious free time looking for the next miraculous treatment... more



Stem cell therapy harvested from umbilical cords

One treatment making the headlines is a stem cell therapy. When a child is born, parents can choose to bank the baby's... more


Cerebral Palsy Patient Swims 50-Meters and Inspires a Community

Cerebral Palsy Patient Swims 50-Meters and Inspires a CommunitySwimming is an activity many children enjoy, but for Rebecca Reinisch, a 16-year-old cerebral palsy victim, it's something she loves. That's why on July 2nd, Rebecca participated in a swim meet and was able to swim the length of the 50-meter pool with the help of her mother and coach... more



Trouble at birth

Rebecca was born 3 months premature and... more


Cerebral Palsy Victim Becomes Star Softball Pitcher

Cerebral Palsy Victim Becomes Star Softball PitcherCerebral palsy can make certain aspects of life difficult to navigate, especially athletics. However, in Omaha, Nebraska a 15-year-old girl named Claire Poeckes is showing what cerebral palsy patients can accomplish with determination and hard work... more



Playing with one hand

Claire is a left-handed pitcher in fast-pitch softball, even though she was born with cerebral palsy that affects the right... more


Fundraising Effort Attempts to Offset Cerebral Palsy Medical Costs

Fundraising Effort Attempts to Offset Cerebral Palsy Medical CostsIn Owls Head, Massachusetts lives a 5 year-old girl who is currently in a full body cast with a special attachment to keep her legs open in order to help properly align her hips. Makayla O'Hara-Damon was born with cerebral palsy, and suffers from many physical and neurological issues... more



Preventing disabling scoliosis

On May 18th, Makayla had surgery at the... more


The Gift of Music Offers Joy to Young Girl with Cerebral Palsy

The Gift of Music Offers Joy to Young Girl with Cerebral PalsyIn 1995 Randi Gabbert was born three months premature, weighing under 2 pounds, and measuring only 12 inches long. Her doctors weren't sure she would survive, and kept her in the hospital for 3 months... more



A diagnosis of CP

At the age of one, doctors informed Randi's parents that Randi had cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that is common in... more