2nd Annual World CP Day Celebrated Locally
United Cerebral Palsy celebrates it’s 2nd Annual World Cerebral Palsy Challenge this month. Teams from UCP of Eastern Connecticut are stepping up with staff and clients walking and wheeling their way up virtual mountains to get active, enjoy social interaction, support the CP community and raise a few dollars in the process.
The challenge began September 4 culminating on World CP Day, October 2. UCPECT held it’s kick off at Poquonock Plains Park on Sept. 6 with about 30 clients, staff and supporters attending. The CP challenge involves teams of four people taking 10,000 steps a day that are measured with pedometers. Sponsors encourage them, making donations for their accomplishments to help support the programs offered by the organization.
During the CP Challenge, mountains are being climbed, virtually and metaphorically as folks with a variety of disabilities take on the challenge of getting out into the community to get fit, increase Cerebral Palsy awareness and raise funds.
David Adams receives support from UCP of Eastern CT and is part of the Red Hot Chili Steppers team. David walked the track at the park three times, or 1 ½ miles, during the kick off.
“I wanted to get involved because I needed the exercise,” said David. “I like the challenge because it gets more people aware of people with disabilities like Cerebral Palsy.”
Stephanie Kestner, program supervisor at United Cerebral Palsy works with David in his home and in the community. “We focus on his goals throughout the year,” said Stephanie. “Whether it’s fitness or volunteer work, I am here to help Dave achieve his goals.”
David has done various volunteer work in the community including working at the Poquonock Bridge Fire Department, and delivering mail within the Groton Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
He is excited about his participation in the CP Challenge. “I loved it,” said David. “I like recording my steps to see how far I can climb. I’m proud of the steps I’m making.”
“We are working hard to raise money for our friends with disabilities,” said Stephanie. The team’s goal is $500 and 75 percent of funds raised by UCPECT during this challenge stays local, 25 percent goes to fund an idea to change the world for people with cerebral palsy. To make a donation toward David’s goal, visit http://bit.ly/15AXP5o.
In addition to the physical challenge to climb mountains, the UCP challenge has a second component. People all over the world are invited to submit ideas on how to make the world a better place for those with Cerebral Palsy. Submissions are reviewed and voted on and the ideas can become a reality. Last year a lightweight solar powered wheel chair was designed. Ideas can be submitted through Oct. 31 and more information is available at www.us.worldcpchallenge.org. For more information contact United Cerebral Palsy of Eastern Connecticut at (860) 443-3800. They are headquartered at 42 Norwich Road, Quaker Hill, CT. Visit UCPECT.org.