World Cerebral Palsy Day reminds us that there are many individuals and families that need our support. This year, World Cerebral Palsy Day will be celebrated on October 6th. In the United States, there are about 764,000 people affected by this condition. Learn how to show your support on World Cerebral Palsy Day below.
1. Learn About Cerebral Palsy
If someone you know has cerebral palsy, try to understand the condition in more detail. This can help you support the affected person better and become a stronger advocate for them.
Cerebral palsy is a physical disability that affects movement and posture. It is caused by abnormal brain development or damage and limits a person’s ability to control their muscles.
Cerebral palsy can affect the body and mind in different ways. Some people may only have a mild physical impairment, while others could be mentally and physically handicapped.
No matter how cerebral palsy affects someone, their lives are just as important as able-bodied people.
2. Participate in Events That Help Support Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy organizations depend on your support to fund research, sponsor programs, and help those with this incurable condition. Participating in a fun event on World Cerebral Palsy Day is a great way to meet others that are equally as passionate about the cause.
The coronavirus pandemic has limited in-person gatherings, so many events for World Cerebral Palsy Day 2021 have gone online.
This year, see if you can join one of these events:
- 5K run/walks: Cerebral palsy 5Ks are incredibly popular and this year is no exception. For example, the Hops for Hope 5K in Illinois held an in-person race on October 2nd, and a virtual option was also available. The money raised from this event was used to buy adaptive bikes for those with mobility issues like cerebral palsy.
- The Cerebral Palsy Foundation Virtual Gala: This annual event serves as a celebration for those with cerebral palsy. The gala will take place on Wednesday, November 17th, 2021 and will be entirely online like the 2020 event.
- Raffles: Raffles are a great way to raise money for cerebral palsy — and many raffles are taking place across the country this year. For example, the organization We Are CP will host an in-person auction in Wisconsin on Friday, October 22nd. A corresponding online auction will run between October 8th and October 22nd.
3. Provide Respite for Caregivers
Parents of children with cerebral palsy spend an enormous amount of time providing daily care. It is vital for parents and caregivers to find time to rest and stay physically and emotionally healthy.
If you are close to a family affected by cerebral palsy, see if you can step in for a few hours while primary caregivers take time to re-energize. Make sure everyone involved has been vaccinated and/or tests negative for the coronavirus and that other health precautions (like social distancing) are taken.
There are several organizations that also help caregivers take some time to themselves, such as David’s Refuge in New York. Some of these organizations are still open while following strict social distancing and other COVID-19 safety guidelines.
4. Donate to Cerebral Palsy Charities
When making a donation to a cerebral palsy charity, you want to make sure it goes to a reputable organization.
Notable cerebral palsy organizations include:
- The Cerebral Palsy Foundation
- Easter Seals
- United Cerebral Palsy
When donating to one of these nonprofit groups, you help fund afterschool care for children, daycare for adults, and a variety of other programs that improve the lives of people with cerebral palsy.
The other type of organization that you can donate to is a research facility that works on new treatments or possible cures for cerebral palsy. Make sure to ask for a donation receipt for tax purposes if you donate more than $250.
Take Action and Support Cerebral Palsy
World Cerebral Palsy Day 2021 is a way for you and your loved ones to come together for those with cerebral palsy. Whether yourself, a family member, or a friend has cerebral palsy, there’s never been a better time to take action.
Even though the coronavirus pandemic has limited in-person gatherings, World Cerebral Palsy Day 2021 will not be stopped. We encourage you to celebrate this year in any way you can.