United Cerebral Palsy Foundation
The United Cerebral Palsy Foundation is one of the oldest cerebral palsy foundations in the United States. For over 60 years, the foundation has been working to help improve cerebral palsy education, as well as provide a wide variety of support services to those with the condition. The United Cerebral Palsy Foundation’s mission is to enhance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network.
American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
Funding for cerebral palsy research is extremely limited, but the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine works to overcome this obstacle by raising funds to provide multidisciplinary scientific education for health professionals regarding the condition. They offer lectures, scholarships and grants to further the knowledge and research of cerebral palsy.
Reaching for the Stars
Reaching for the Stars was started in 2005 by two mothers, and today it has become the largest pediatric cerebral palsy non-profit led by parents in North America. Reach for the Stars focuses on the prevention, treatment and cure of cerebral palsy. The efforts of the organization led to the official institution of Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day on March 25.
Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation
Since 1955, the Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation has been dedicated to funding research and educational activities in hopes of discovering the cause and eventual cure of cerebral palsy. The organization provides funds not only to the United States, but also to the Middle East, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and Greece.
The Christopher Reeve Foundation
Founded by the late actor Christopher Reeve, the Christopher Reeve foundation focuses on funding research and improving the quality of life for people suffering from spinal cord injuries and other debilitating conditions that cause paralysis. A large portion of the foundation’s work in recent years has been devoted to cerebral palsy education and research.
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
The March of Dimes is a well-known organization that focuses on ensuring that mother’s have healthy, full-term deliveries as well as conducting research to identify various problems that threaten babies’ health. Because pre-mature infants are 30 times more likely to develop cerebral palsy than full-term babies, the March of Dimes funds many research grants and offers a wide variety of resources to parents of children with cerebral palsy.
Created in memory of Danielle Vick, a child with cerebral palsy who passed away in 2008, Danielle’s Foundation is a newer organization that was established to provide comprehensive support and a variety of resources to parents and caregivers of children with cerebral palsy. They help parents obtain access to therapy, provide education related to treatment options and offer other benefits to help parents overcome the obstacles associated with their childrens’ conditions.
Foundations for Independence
Foundations for Independence is a Utah-based organization that focuses on providing children and adults with cerebral palsy with access to social, recreational, vocational and other supportive services and opportunities to enhance their quality of life. Foundations for Independence offers day camps for people with cerebral palsy, as well as family services and equipment purchase assistance.
Cerebral Palsy Scholarship Foundation
The Cerebral Palsy Scholarship Foundation believes that cerebral palsy shouldn’t be an obstacle for those who want to pursue a college education, and as a result, they offer scholarships to California residents with cerebral palsy. Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, life accomplishments, financial need and special circumstances.
Pedal-With-Pete is a non-profit organization that raises funds for cerebral palsy research by hosting three annual charity cycling events in the Midwest every year. They also fund grants for clinical trials to people with cerebral palsy.