Reiter & Walsh’s Charitable Participation in the Annual Ann Arbor, Michigan C.S. Mott Classic
Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers, has been a continuous financial supporter of C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, a hospital located in Ann Arbor, Michigan that houses a cutting-edge comprehensive cerebral palsy program. In addition, the firm has helped to support programs that benefit Mott Children’s Hospital; Reiter & Walsh has donated to the Mott Golf Classic a number of times, and has offered extended financial support to the Charles Woodson Research Fund.
As a birth trauma law firm helping Ann Arbor children, Reiter & Walsh recognizes the importance of research efforts that work to benefit children with disabilities. Donations to organizations related to Mott Children’s Hospital support specific fields of research that in the long run will benefit the health and wellbeing of children – including those with cerebral palsy and other birth injuries. In this way, these donations benefit children with disabilities as a whole – not just Reiter & Walsh’s clients.
About the Charles Woodson Research Fund
C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital works in tandem with the Charles Woodson Research Fund. This fund is used to support investigators whose work focuses on treatments and cures for diseases, conditions, and disorders that impact children. Together, Mott Children’s Hospital and the Woodson Research Fund intend to better the lives of children and ensure they receive the best, highest quality care possible.
About the Mott Golf Classic
The Mott Golf Classic is also a source of charitable support for Mott Children’s Hospital. Since 1973, the Mott Golf Classic has been one of Michigan’s most successful charitable golf outings, raising money to provide pediatric care to the children that need it most. The fundraiser provides the University of Michigan Health Systems’ Mott Children’s Hospital with funds used for the purchase of assistive devices for children with disabilities, special services from the Mott Family network, nonprofit camps for children with cancer, as well as meals, transportation, lodging, and other services for qualifying children and their families.
The Ann Arbor, Michigan event has grown immensely since the original outing in 1973; now, more than 300 golfers take to the courses at Radrick Farms Golf Club, Barton Hills Country Club, and the University of Michigan Golf course to raise money for for the advancement of pediatric medicine and the overall enhancement of comprehensive pediatric care at Mott Hospital. With the help of sponsors, the outing raises a significant amount of money for its cause each year, and is hoping to raise even more this year. There are numerous sponsorship opportunities available for both individuals and organizations.
Consider giving your support to the University of Michigan Health System and Mott Children’s Hospital today!
About Mott Children’s Hospital’s Comprehensive Treatment for Cerebral Palsy
Mott’s Cerebral Palsy Team
Mott Children’s Hospital has one of the most comprehensive cerebral palsy treatment programs specifically designed for children. Children with cerebral palsy come from all over the country to receive therapy and treatment for the numerous problems associated with and caused by this condition. Mott has a complete cerebral palsy team that assists children in nearly every way they may need. Mott’s cerebral palsy team is comprised of the following specialists:
- Physical therapists
- Clinical nurse specialists
- Developmental pediatricians
- Occupational therapists
- Orthopedic surgeons
- Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Specialists
- Recreational therapists
- Rehabilitation engineers
- Speech and language pathologists
Treatment for Cerebral Palsy in Ann Arbor | The University of Michigan Medical System
Children with cerebral palsy often find it difficult to control their movement, and may have issues with strength, muscle tone, reflexes, and balance. Problems associated with cerebral palsy include swallowing disorders, seizures, excessive drooling, along with possible developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, or learning disabilities.
Because cerebral palsy is complex and has differing degrees, Mott Children’s Hospital offers diverse programs for cerebral palsy therapy and treatment including:
- The Pediatric and Adult Rehabilitation Clinic: This clinic is designed to meet the needs of people with cerebral palsy as their lives progress. This program can start during a child’s toddler years (sometimes sooner) and continue throughout adulthood.
- The Cerebral Palsy Orthopedic Clinics: These clinics provide surgery options for bone, joint, and spine issues that impact children and adults with cerebral palsy. Surgeries include Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, often used for children who have spastic cerebral palsy. SDR involves locating and cutting the dysfunctional nerves that are linked to an individual’s spasticity. Coupled with aggressive physical therapy, SDR can help many children learn to walk.
- The Comprehensive Hand and Arm Movement Program (CHAMP): The CHAMP program is an intensive 3 week clinic that involves restricting a child’s less affected hand and arm in order to intensely focus on the arm and hand affected the most by cerebral palsy.
- The Milestones Cerebral Palsy Clinic: This is an outpatient clinic for children and young adults with cerebral palsy. It is aimed at the promoting development, increased independence, and helping families incorporate therapeutic activities and exercises into home life.
- The Adapted Cognitive Assessment Clinic: This is a specialized clinic that provides cognitive evaluations (evaluations that focus specifically on thought processes). These evaluations are for children and teenagers with cerebral palsy who are unable to participate in traditional neuropsychological testing due to problems with speech or movement.
- The Spasticity Intervention Program: Spasticity is a significant abnormality in muscle tone. In a child with spastic cerebral palsy, muscles are often do not work together, and in turn appear weak or stiff. This program provides numerous interventions to help with spasticity, such as physical therapy, baclofen therapy, and neurosurgical or oral medication treatment.
Help for Conditions Associated with Cerebral Palsy
Mott Children’s Hospital has programs for a wide variety of conditions associated with cerebral palsy. Listed below are a few of the programs:
- The Brain Research and Innovative Neurological Care (BRAIN Care) Program: There are numerous reasons a baby may have a brain injury and neurological conditions. When there is a neurological issue in a newborn, the BRAIN Care program can provide comprehensive care for these newborns. The team involved in this program evaluates and treats many conditions, including the following:
- Birth asphyxia: This occurs when the baby doesn’t get enough oxygen before, during, or immediately following birth. Birth asphyxia can cause a brain injury called hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), which can cause long term problems such as seizures, cerebral palsy, intellectual problems and developmental and learning disabilities.
- Neonatal seizures: These are seizures that take place during the first month of life. Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is the most common cause of neonatal seizures.
- Intracranial hemorrhages: These are bleeds into or around the brain. Brain bleeds in a baby can be caused by a traumatic delivery, infection, use of forceps or a vacuum extractor during delivery, or hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).
- Stroke: Strokes in newborns can be caused by many different things, such as use of forceps or vacuum extractors during delivery. HIE and stroke often occur together.
- Hydrocephalus: This is a buildup of fluid inside the brain. It can be caused by many conditions, including intraventricular hemorrhages.
- Infections of the nervous system: Infections can be caused by an infection in the mother that is transmitted to the baby at birth (chorioamnionitis, Group B strep, urinary tract infections (UTI), bacterial vaginosis (BV), herpes simplex virus (HSV). Infections can cause a baby to have encephalitis, sepsis, or meningitis.
- Neurologic impairment that requires newborns to be on a breathing machine (ventilator) or be ventilator-dependent.
- Hypotonia: This is abnormally low muscle tone and it is sometimes one of the earliest indicators of a neurological problem in the baby, such as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.
- The Comprehensive Epilepsy Program: Almost half of all children with cerebral palsy experience seizures. Seizures must be promptly diagnosed and treated because seizure activity can damage the brain. Mott’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Program is a Level 4 Certified Epilepsy Center, which is the highest level of certification available from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. The pediatric team in this program helps children experiencing all types of seizures. The team focuses on comprehensive diagnoses, and Mott has a state of the art pediatric EEG facility. The Epilepsy Center also has the latest techniques in brain imaging, such as CT, MRI, PET and SPECT scans to investigate the causes of a child’s seizures.
Mott Children’s Hospital, the Mott Golf Classic, and the Charles Woodson Research Fund are all extremely important causes that work specifically to benefit children’s healthcare. At the University of Michigan, widely considered one of the most cutting-edge research hospitals in the country, the health and wellbeing of children is a top priority. Due to this, donations to these groups are not only worthwhile, but truly beneficial to the entire cerebral palsy community.
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