October 6 is World Cerebral Palsy Day. Here’s How You Can Get Involved.

It seems every disease has its day. According to the fabulous website World CP Day, for cerebral palsy (CP) that day is October 6.

More than 17 million people around the world live with this condition, which is a neurological condition that affects movement, posture and muscle coordination. According to the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation, it’s caused by damage to one or more specific areas of the brain, usually occurring during fetal development; before, during or shortly after birth; during infancy; or during early childhood.

Because it impairs the neurosystem, often children born with cerebral palsy have other conditions as well, such as epilepsy, kernicterus, and phenylketonuria (PKU).

There’s no cure for CP, but children affected by this disorder can thrive with the intervention and support.

On October 6, you can show your support for people with cerebral palsy by spreading awareness and promoting World Cerebral Palsy Day. Here are four ways to get involved:
  1. GPS Yourself: If you or someone you love has CP,  plot your location on the World CP Day Map.
  2. Join the Campaign: World CP Day has lots of great information you can share on social media and in person with your community. Check out the World CP Day Campaign.
  3. Spread the Word: Find posters, logos, press releases, images for social media and more in the World CP Day Tool Kit.
  4. Connect: Share your story with the Patient Worthy Community and help create a greater understanding of this condition.

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