Cerebral Palsy – Steptember Event

Cerebral Palsy is a physical disability that affects the movement and posture of a person! Cerebral Palsy can affect the bodies’ movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture, and balance!

Cerebral = Brain

Palsy = Lack of muscle control

People with Cerebral Palsy may also have other conditions or disabilities. These include vision impairment, hearing impairment, speech, learning and intellectual impairments, as well as epilepsy!

Causes Of Cerebral Palsy!

Cerebral Palsy is caused due to damage caused to a developing brain. This can either happen during pregnancy or shortly after a baby is born. The cause during pregnancy is unknown. The cause of Cerebral Palsy shortly after birth can be due to lack of oxygen or even a stroke!

Cerebral Palsy is a life long permanent condition! Areas affected by Cerebral Palsy can improve or get worse, but currently, can not be cured!

Facts About Cerebral Palsy!

How And When Is Cerebral Palsy Diagnosed?

Diagnosing Cerebral Palsy is not always an easy process, most of the time there are many tests and these are most likely repeated! Cerebral Palsy is a very complex disability and it is usually suspected if a baby is showing signs of slow motor development, tight or floppy muscle tone or what is described as unusual postures! Scans such as MRI or CT are usually ordered by your Doctor to investigate these further!

Treatment And Cure For Cerebral Palsy!

Currently, there is no known cure for Cerebral Palsy! It is a life long condition!

Interventions can help significantly reduce the effects that Cerebral Palsy can have on a person’s body and significantly improve the person’s quality of life!

These Interventions are usually provided by a care team. This means that all services work together and communicate with each other to provide the best quality care to the person with Cerebral Palsy!

These interventions can include and are not limited to:

  • Medication
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Surgical Procedures
  • Special Education
  • Massage Therapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Sleep Therapy
  • Counseling
  • Dietary Services
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Audiologist
  • Ears, Nose and Throat Specialists
  • Incontinence Nurse
  • Local Doctors
  • Pediatricians

How Can You Help?

Each year, Cerebral Palsy Organizations hold a global worldwide event called STEPTEMBER!

Ask your friends, family and work colleagues to sponsor you!

Every dollar raised goes towards helping children and adults with Cerebral Palsy!

Not only steps count! There are lots of activities that also count towards achieving the 10,000 steps! These include swimming, cycling, dancing, wheeling, surfing etc!

Register Today To Support This Great Cause!

Australia: steptember.org.au

United States: steptember.us

United Kingdom: steptember.org.uk

New Zealand: steptember.org.nz

Canada: steptember.ca

India: steptember.in

Netherlands: steptember.nl

Singapore: steptember.sg

Turkey: steptember.org.tr

Knowing that you are changing your own lifestyle for the better by getting active, with the best incentive yet! Making a huge difference to people living with Cerebral Palsy!

Every dollar counts! Every dollar raised goes directly to providing children and adults living with Cerebral Palsy access to the vital equipment, therapy, and services they need to improve their quality of life! You can also choose to raise funds towards research to one day find a cure and ways to prevent Cerebral Palsy!

My son has Cerebral Palsy!

Every year we do Steptember! We help to raise vital funds that Cerebral Palsy need to continue providing the equipment and services to people living with Cerebral Palsy! They do an absolutely AMAZING job!

Please join in or donate to this great cause! Without funds, the costs of therapies and equipment can be so hard for families to cover! Every dollar counts and goes towards the best cause!

To donate to Team Coleby Dunston!

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14 Comments

    • Hey Howard

      Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my site!
      This is a great cause! These organisations do great work and help so many people!
      Thanks for showing your support!
      Regards Hailey

  1. Hailey well done, you have delivered an informative page on a subject that is very personal to you. It’s written with a detailed yet sensitive approach, and I believe anyone reading gets a clear understanding of Cerebal Palsy and how they can personally help this cause on any level.
    Your content is all spot on, relative links work and the key words and phrases you use are highlighted well which helps with research.
    I think a lot of people perhaps don’t know that they can raise money, or where to start with raising once they do, your page offers them hope, relays impartial advice and provides genuine connections.

    • Thanks Mark for your feedback!

      Your right not many people know how to help or where to start!

      I share our story to raise awareness and in turn try and help others!

      Thanks again for stopping by 

      Regards Hailey 

  2. This seems like such an awesome event! Thanks for sharing!

    We have a foster daughter and they told us that she has a high probability of having cerebral palsy when she grows up.

    They told us that when she was 3 months old and has been in therapy ever since. They said it could range anywhere from not being able to button her shirt, to needing a wheel chair – but they aren’t sure.

    What are some other resources we could research to help her as she gets older?

    • Hey Kayla

      Thanks for visiting my site and for sharing your story!

      It all depends on your foster daughters situation! Not all cases are a like. Coleby has physiotherapy every 4-6 weeks to strengthen his muscles and to build muscle tone. He also wears an orthotic on his lower leg to stop his knee from bending backward. We have an occupational therapist who helps coleby with learning a lot of daily tasks. We are currently working on feeding as Coleby is still on a puree diet. We are also seeing a speech therapist who is helping us with feeding also and working on using a cup. He is currently on a bottle still.

      I have heard of people that use hydrotherapy, massage therapy and even Botox injections to help with muscle spasms and building of muscle tone.

      There are supportive walking frames also. Coleby didn’t walk til after he turned 2. We used different things to get him to build strength to be able to support his weight.

      If your foster daughter isn’t talking much or at all there are also communication apps that can assis with communication.

      I hope this all helps! If you have any more questions please just ask. I would be more then happy to help!

      Best wishes for you and your family!

      Regards 

      Hailey 

  3. Hailey

    What a wonderful site and an equally wonderful cause. I feel I am now more informed of the behind the scenes of cerebral palsy. The fact that your son has this condition and participates in September is amazing and you must b very proud.
    Thank you for the excellent info.

    • Hi Lance

      Thanks so much for visiting my site!
      Cerebral Palsy is one of those conditions that people don’t know much about.
      Yes I am extremely proud of Coleby! The things he achieves absolutely amazed me!
      We participate every year because we know what a great job Cerebral Palsy Alliance does and we want to give back and help others!
      Thanks so much for your comment and your support!
      Regards
      Hailey

  4. Hi Hailey,

    Good post with great info! I had never heard about this wonderful cause but now thanks to your blog I will put it on my calendar to participate in September Event so I can contribute to the cause.
    I just want to know what I have to do to participate and what do you mean when you mention that my family or friends can sponsor me?
    Cheers,
    Darmendra.

    • Hi Darmendra

      Thanks for showing your support!

      On my post there are links to how to register for the event! Choose the country listed nearest to you and click the link! Registration is so easy!!

      Once you register, you can ask family or friends to donate to your team or just to you and this is how you raise money for Cerebral Palsy Alliance! All money raised goes to a great cause!

      I have a link on the post to donate to our team! Team Coleby Dunston!

      Every amount counts no matter how big or small!

      Thanks again for showing an interest!

      Regards

      Hailey

  5. Wow, Hailey, what a powerful and informative post. I would like to get behind this cause. I assume Steptember is also happening in South Africa? Would you like to be interviewed for my site as a Mom entrepreneur and perhaps write a guest post to promote Steptember? If so, please email me.

    • Hi Lauren

      Thanks for your comment!

      It is happening all over so I am sure this includes South Aftica!

      I would love to be interviewed and write a guest post for you promoting this great event!

      Thanks again for showing an interest!

      Regards

      Hailey

  6. Hi Hailey,

    Thank you for this informative page. I think it’s great that donations are made towards this great cause to help families. I have a cousin who has Cerebral Palsy. She shows signs of the conditions listed on this page. I don’t know what kind of help the family is getting but I know she is now in a wheel chair and does not walk anymore. She’s now in her 40’s. I think it’s great that nowadays there is more to help the child or adult for a better lifestyle through therapy and services.

    • Hi Rosa

      Thanks for your comment and for sharing!

      Interventions are the best way of making sure that your child can live the best quality of life! 

      This event raises money to help people all over the world access these therapies and equipment to make sure people with Cerebral Palsy have the best quality of life!

      Most people are unaware of how to help! Joining in these events is the easiest way!

      Thanks again for stopping by!

      Regards

      Hailey

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