Five years ago my family attended our first United Cerebral Palsy event. Benjamin was 3 years old and had just started receiving therapy services at UCP. What we saw that day was a video of a 7 year old boy named Myles walk for the very first time. It was a video full of empowerment, accomplishment and emotion for Myles and his family.
At that moment we started to dream that the boy in the video would someday be Ben.
Over the last five years, thanks in large part to UCP, Ben learned to sit up, crawl, stand… and walk. There were many times when Ben faced adversity, or had to take a step back, but he never gave up and in the end he made our dreams that day come true…
..seeing Ben walk gives me hope that someday my little girl will walk…
And now Ben is inspiring others. Recently the mother of a client of UCP’s Children’s Services approached me and said “seeing Ben walk gives me hope that someday my little girl will walk.” I know first hand the hope and emotion behind those words.
Ben’s progress and the progress of many others have inspired me to volunteer and raise money for and awareness of UCP. This work has led to me recently being elected Chair of UCP’s Board of Directors. Every day children and adults served by UCP become more independent, receive employment opportunities or live in one of our residential facilities. The work done by UCP has changed the lives of thousands of people and families across Northeast Ohio.
Your support of UCP over the years has been so appreciated. I ask that you consider supporting United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland again this year with a donation in honor of Ben’s progress and the work they do for families like ours and so many others. Thank you for your support.