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Northeastern Wisconsin Cerebral Palsy Telethon Raises Over $1 Million

Viewers of WBAY, Channel 2, pledged a record $1.2 million for cerebral palsy (CP) last Saturday and Sunday.

The Local Cerebral Palsy Telethon in northeastern Wisconsin raised more than $73,000 over last year’s effort, according to Claire Williams, a spokeswoman for Cerebral Palsy Inc.

“It’s just phenomenal,” she said. “We are so appreciative of everything the community here in northeastern Wisconsin does for us. We can’t say thank you enough. And we could not continue to provide these services without their support.”

The program, hosted by celebrities David Seering and Dan Riley, presented musical acts. Community members pledged their contributions on the telephone and the Internet.

The money will go to the CP Center in Allouez, which offers services during the day for seniors with CP and other disabilities. Williams added that the center assists about 1,200 families annually in 17 counties across the region. Its other services include child care, therapy, and outreach support.

Broadcasting the local telethon for the last 58 years, the TV station has carried the program longer than any other station in the country.

The center is located at 2801 S. Webster Avenue. It operates a satellite service in Two Rivers.

Source: htrnews

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Therapy to Help Girl with Cerebral Palsy

A 3-year-old girl with cerebral palsy is one step closer to being able to walk on her own, thanks to TheraSuit therapy. TheraSuit therapy is used for people with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders.

Kiley Griggs has yet to crawl, walk or sit up by herself. Her parents enrolled her in the therapy at Lampert’s Therapy Group in October after winning the Upromise Dream Wall Sweepstakes.

The Griggs entered the contest with the dream to pay for the therapy that would help strengthen her balance, coordination, motor skills and independence. After winning the contest, they enrolled Kiley into TheraSuit therapy.

The therapy uses elastic cords that are fitted to a suit to exercise and strengthen the patient’s core by restraining the nervous system and normalizing muscle tone. The outcome is to correct a patient’s gait and improve strength, bone density and balance.

The Griggs plan to have Kiley complete another session in March and another in the summer. They used the money they won in the contest to pay for the first session. It will also cover the March session and part of the summer session.

(Source: Dunedin Patch)

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Assistance Dog Provides Support for CP Patient

Eight-year-old Mason Murphy relies on his best friend Crisp for everyday tasks such as taking off his socks and bringing him toys. Crisp, a Labrador-golden retriever mix, is an assistance companion to Mason whose cerebral palsy prevents him from using his legs.

Mason’s mom, Page Murphy said Crisp goes everywhere with Mason and has helped build his confidence.

“When Mason is out with the dog, a lot of the attention is taken off of him and his wheelchair and people focus on the dog, which is nice,” Murphy said. “It helps him make friends, and the companionship is awesome.”

According to an article published by The Republic, Murphy found out about assistance dogs at a cerebral palsy conference about two years ago. She said she put their names on a waiting list with Canine Companions and waited two years before being matched with a dog that fit their needs.

Volunteers raise the dogs for about one year and then they are professionally trained. The dogs are placed with people with disabilities for free; it costs Canine Companions about $45,000 to raise and train the dogs.

(Source: The Republic)

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Girl with CP Realizes her Dream to Dance

An 11-year-old girl with cerebral palsy is living her dream to take dance classes and perform on stage, just as her little sister has done. Sophia Jablonski started taking dance lessons at the age of 8 and made her debut as an evil witch in the Children’s Performance Company’s ballet version of “Hansel and Gretel” earlier this month.

In December, Sophia will take the stage again as a dancer in the Joffrey Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” Sophia will be performing in 10 evening performances and another 8-year-old girl with cerebral palsy will be performing in 10 matinee showings.

The late Robert Joffrey, the founder of the ballet company, incorporated at least one dancer in a wheelchair into his performances several years ago. It has become a common practice.

Sophia’s dance teacher said Sophia inspired her to start a dance class for special needs children. The class, which meets once a week, is for children with cerebral palsy, autism and spina bifida.

Sophia’s mother, Naheda Jablonski, told the Chicago Tribune that Sophia was the only triplet to survive.

“I lost a boy and girl during that birth, but she survived and was 1 pound and 5 ounces,” Jablonski told the Chicago Tribune. “My goal was to keep her alive at that point. I never knew what she was going to be able to do. I knew nothing about cerebral palsy… What she has been able to do is amazing, and I’m proud of her.”

(Source: Chicago Tribune)

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