What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy…

  • is the #1 motor disability in children.
  • can affect the ability to move, sit, stand, walk, talk, swallow, or use one’s hands.
  • is caused by a brain injury, not a disease.
  • is diagnosed before age 2, and today the cure has yet to be discovered.
  • may include secondary impairments, such as autism, learning disabilities, vision problems, epilepsy, etc.

The good news is that most children with CP will walk:

  • 60% are independent walkers
  • 10% walk with an assistive device
  • 30% use a wheelchair


Cerebral Palsy affects:

  • 1 in 323 children in the US
  • 10,000 babies per year
  • 800,000 American children and adults
  • 17,000,000 people worldwide

The high cost of living with Cerebral Palsy:

  • The average lifetime cost for just one person with CP is estimated to be $1.5 million above and beyond the cost of living for an average U.S. citizen.
  • It is estimated that the lifetime care and medical costs for all people with CP, who were born in the year 2000 alone, will total more than $13.5 billion.

With research and development of better treatments, these costs could be reduced.

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