Friday, March 20, 2009

CEREBRAL PALSY AWARENESS DAY

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Today is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day!!
WEAR GREEN to show your support!

There is also a sweepstakes going on over at "Life of Logan"
Check it out, follow the rules and enter to win!!
Keri - Logan's mom is a super person and so full of love for her child,
help spread the world about cerebral palsy!


This is cute little Logan

The average prevalence of cerebral palsy is about 1 in 278 children. This first report of the prevalence and characteristics of CP, the most common cause of motor disability in childhood, are from Georgia, Alabama and Wisconsin. Can you even begin to imagine the numbers if there was a national surveillance?

- Cerebral palsy is one of the most common developmental disabilities in the US, affecting at least 800,000 children, adolescents and adults in America. Cerebral palsy is NOT a disease nor should it be considered one. It is not even a simple or single disorder but rather a broad range of disorders that disrupt a person’s ability to move, sit, stand, walk, talk and use their hands. The severity of the movement disorder and the type of movement difficulties can vary greatly. Some patients have only mild difficulties with balance, walking and fine motor skills while patients at the other extreme are completely trapped in their own bodies, fighting rigid limbs, and unable to speak or swallow.

- There is currently no cure for cerebral palsy and in most cases, it is not preventable. In over 50 years, treatments for CP have not progressed much at all. In fact, today, there remains little consensus among medical professionals regarding what causes CP or how best to treat it. Why do 800,000 or more Americans have CP, and yet we don’t know much more about what causes it or how to prevent it than we did a half century ago?

Resources: Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Reaching for the Stars (RFTS)


2 comments:

Ellen said...

Hey, Melanie. I only today realized it was Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day, had not known about it. Then I read that it's Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. It's great that everyone's posting about this, there are SO many misconceptions about CP. I am going to talk about what happened to Max next week on the blog in honor of it. I haven't wanted to go there, because it's hard, but I want to do my part to raise awareness.

xo

Keri said...

I can't even begin to thank you enough for helping me spread the word! Hope you know how much you are appreciated. Hugs.