About the Cause

The UNIS Running group through the Inner Strength Trust conducts its annual fund raising event Inner Strength Half Marathon and is happy to be associated with the cause Cerebral Palsy.

Through the funds that have been collected the trust has been able to assist 20 plus kids via the paediatric physio clinic My First Steps, for their annual treatment which is daily physio. And we still continue the same as such kids require the treatment lifelong. The trust has also given various lab equipments to NIEPMD (National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disability)

The team aims to create awareness about Cerebral Palsy which can affect any new born and any child until he / she reaches the age of 8. We are working for the inclusion of such special kids in the society. The team would like to touch more lives affected by the same and also ensure that more equipment can be donated to them so as to make them independent and by this they can ensure they get job opportunities.

What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. Signs and symptoms vary among people and over time. Often, symptoms include poor coordination, stiff muscles, weak muscles, and tremors. There may be problems with sensation, vision, hearing, swallowing, and speaking.

What is the main cause of Cerebral Palsy?
Causes of acquired cerebral palsy may include1,2: Brain damage in the first few months or years of life. Infections, such as meningitis or encephalitis. Problems with blood flow to the brain due to stroke, blood clotting problems, abnormal blood vessels, a heart defect that was present at birth, or sickle cell disease.

Is there a cure for Cerebral Palsy?
There are no stem cell treatments available for cerebral palsy, at this time. … Stem cell therapy may not furnish a cure for cerebral palsy, but researchers hope it will someday be used to limit brain damage and lessen the severity of CP symptoms.

Can Cerebral Palsy be cured?
The first thing a parent will hear after a physician says, “Your child has Cerebral Palsy,” will likely be the words, “At present, there is no cure.” However, the fact that there is no cure does not mean that the diagnosis is dire. Persons with Cerebral Palsy have impairment, but are considered healthy.

Common treatments for Cerebral Palsy may include?
• Physical therapy and rehabilitation. A child with cerebral palsy
usually starts these therapies in the first few years of life or soon
after being diagnosed. …
• Orthotic devices. …
• Assistive devices and technologies. …
• Medication.
• Surgery.

Treatment cost for Cerebral Palsy
Long term management is expensive and with many co-existing conditions resulting from the disorder; the cost of living with cerebral palsy quickly rises. A 2003 study published by the CDC estimates lifetime expenses approaching $1,000,000 for each cerebral palsy patient.

Do individuals with Cerebral Palsy have special needs?
Individuals with conditions that may require additional supports, help, or technology are generally considered to have special needs. The term “special needs” generally refers to the need to assist, support, adapt, modify or accommodate a person to provide barrier-free, equal access to experiences, events, buildings, information, participation inclusion that is afforded a person without disability or impairment. Accessibility and inclusion are rights afforded to everyone – with or without disability – to participate in activities of daily living, education, transportation, employment, travel, public spaces, and housing, to name a few.

Our goals for Cerebral Palsy to be done in 2020
• Get more assistive technology for NIEPMD lab, so that it can benefit more children
• To start supporting another 15 kids for the treatment, which is physio, speech therapy or vision therapy.
• Get splinters to aid children affected by CP to help them in mobility

We believe that Limitless Begins Within and a small act of helping these children will go a long way