We are excited to introduce a new regular column: Disability Non-Profit of the Month. There are many fantastic non-profits serving those with disabilities, and these organizations often do not get the recognition they deserve. Moreover, the people who could benefit most from their services may not even know they exist. We hope that this series will increase awareness of disability non-profits and help some of our readers find useful resources. First up, we would like to shine the spotlight on Cure CP, an organization based out of Atlanta, Georgia.
Cure CP was founded by two families of children with cerebral palsy. Their goal is to change the future of their children, and of many others with cerebral palsy, by funding medical research. Their focus is on stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine. The ground-breaking research they are currently supporting/have recently supported includes:
- A study led by Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg at Duke University School of Medicine. Her team was the first in the U.S. to treat brain injured lab rats with donor cord blood, and is now conducting a clinical trial on using donor cord blood stem cells to treat spastic CP.
- A study led by Dr. Charles Cox at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. His team is conducting the first pediatric bone marrow stem cell trial in the U.S. They are comparing the use of stem cells from bone marrow with those from cord blood.
- A study led by Dr. James Carroll at Georgia Health Sciences University. His team used synthetic stem cells to treat rats, with the aim of eventually using a similar method to treat children with cerebral palsy.
In addition to funding research projects, Cure CP works to ensure that advances in knowledge are disseminated throughout the medical community, and ultimately implemented into practice. Toward this aim, they supported the 5th annual Impact for Cerebral Palsy Summit. This conference brought together experts from seven different countries to discuss methods of preventing and treating cerebral palsy, as well as potential cures for neonatal stroke (which can cause cerebral palsy).
On their website, Cure CP has several useful educational resources, including an FAQ page on regenerative medicine and a series of webinars on various topics. They also have information about clinical trials that are currently recruiting participants with cerebral palsy.
For more information on Cure CP, including how you can support them, check out their website: https://curecp.org/
A Few Other Cerebral Palsy/Disability Non-Profits in the Atlanta Area:
United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia: This is a branch of the national organization United Cerebral Palsy (UCP). They work to help people with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities (not limited to cerebral palsy) reach their full potential. UCP of Georgia provides community living and in-home support options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, daytime activities for adults (including in Atlanta), and an afterschool program in Lawrenceville. They also offer nursing care, behavioral support, advocacy services, and more.
Parent to Parent of Georgia: This is an Atlanta-based branch of Parent to Parent USA. They offer support groups for parents of children with disabilities, led by other parents who have coped with similar issues and have received mentorship training.
The Adaptive Learning Center: This is an organization that works to integrate children with disabilities into inclusive preschool programs. They provide individualized programs that help children to feel comfortable and succeed. Financial aid is available.
Legal Help for Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy often emerges as the result of birth injuries from medical malpractice. If you have a child with cerebral palsy and think this may have been the case, the attorneys at Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers can help. Our lawyers have decades of experience handling complex birth injury cases, and have helped children throughout the country obtain compensation for lifelong treatment, therapy, and a secure future. We give personal attention to each child and family we represent.
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