Charity of the week
Every year, about 10,000 babies in the U.S. are born with cerebral palsy, which causes motor function disorders that can last their entire life. The Cerebral Palsy Foundation (yourcpf.org) works to improve the lives of those affected, by funding brain research, raising public awareness, and developing researchbased intervention techniques. Among its initiatives, CPF funds research at Johns Hopkins University aimed at reducing neuroinflammation in premature newborns, a common cause of the disease. CPF also partners with medical institutions to ensure providers have the tools to detect symptoms early, when medical interventions and treatments are most effective. And its “Just Say Hi” initiative educates other children about cerebral palsy and creates a culture of inclusion in schools.
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