Cerebral Palsy Awareness Deserves Attention

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Deserves Attention

Listen up world: Cerebral Palsy Awareness deserves attention, too! March was Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, but it wasn’t it covered in the media. I thought for sure I’d see National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day (March 25) in the news. Nope. Not a word. But I heard all about Peanut Butter Lover’s Day, National Potato Chip Day, International Women’s Day and of course, St. Patrick’s Day. As if anyone needs to be reminded when it is or to wear green…

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Deserves Attention from the Media

The media loves to promote awareness by shining the spotlight on diseases, disability awareness days and/or months. Many places, including The White House, light up in blue for Autism Awareness Month. We ‘Think Pink’ for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we wear crazy socks for Down Syndrome Awareness. Don’t get me wrong, these National days/months are important. I’m just tired of cerebral palsy getting ignored. After all, it is the most common physical disability in childhood, affecting 17 million people worldwide. When have you seen anything light up in green for Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month?  

I’ll bet the answer is never unless you follow A Stairway to the Stars Heaven’s Journey with CP and other advocates like us on social media. Heaven Ramsey (she designed the awareness shirt pictured above) sent out over 500 e-mails, receiving only 10 responses. Even though she got the Skyview Atlanta to light up green and DJ Hot Toddy from 102.1 FM in Knoxville, TN, to announce National CP Awareness Day on air — there was little to no interest. This is unacceptable! 

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Deserves Attention SkyView lit up in green on March 25, 2018, National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day.
Cerebral Palsy Awareness Deserves Attention DJ Hot Toddy announced National CP Awareness Day on Star 102 FM

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Deserves Attention on World CP Day

Raising awareness for cerebral palsy isn’t just a one month affair. My friends advocate all year round. The same goes for me — I write about all things related to cerebral palsy, cerebral palsy awareness, etc. on my website — and other publications, too. Last month, an article I wrote got picked up by Yahoo News. This is our passion, and we are working on making some big things happen for World CP Day on October 6, 2018. We need your help! Here’s what you can do:

  • Contact your local news stations NOW — it’s never too early, they need time to put it into their programming! Ask them to announce World CP Day on the air + encourage their viewers to wear green to show support.
  • Contact radio stations in your area. Ask them to announce World CP Day on the air.
  • Call, e-mail or write to buildings, towers or theme parks that light up and ask them to go green for CP!
  • Ask The White House to light up in green to support cerebral palsy awareness.
  • Contact senators, mayors, and other government officials. Ask them to help get their cities on board.
  • Think outside of the box, put your wildest ideas into action. You never know which ones will get noticed — unless you try.
  • Nominate individuals or non-profit organizations for a 2018 World Cerebral Palsy Day Award.

Other causes, disabilities get their moment in the sun. It’s time for cerebral palsy to shine, too. Together, we can make sure it finally does on World CP Day.

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