Get­ting the word out about cere­bral palsy

Cherokee County Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

On Satur­day, March 18, friends, fam­ily and nu­mer­ous vol­un­teers gath­ered for the Third An­nual Go Green for Cere­bral palsy Glow Fun Run/Walk or Roll on the Chero­kee County High School Track.

Grayson Sheri Sal­ter Huff­man is the in­spi­ra­tion and driv­ing force be­hind the an­nual event to raise funds for Cere­bral palsy Aware­ness. And over the past year she has con­tin­ued to get the word out about the event.

Grayson is a res­i­dent of Cen­tre and was born three months pre­ma­ture and suf­fered from hy­dro­cephalus and two level three brain bleeds – how­ever through the sup­port of fam­ily and friends tremen­dous progress has been made to im­prove her con­di­tion – cere­bral palsy does not get worse but rather can be im­proved based on the amount of ther­apy that is done to the mus­cles and body.

The day be­fore the event a St. Pat- rick’s Day Lu­laroe Open House was held.

“We would like to thank ev­ery­one for pur­chas­ing items and sup­port­ing CP Aware­ness,” said Sheri, Grayson’s mother. “We ap­pre­ci­ate each and ev­ery­one of you. And a big thank you to Cindy, El­iz­a­beth and Jade for host­ing this event! You are the best!”

“Thank you to ev­ery­one that has con­trib­uted to Grayson’s CP walk,” said Sheri. “Here is one of the great items pur­chased for our com­mu­nity. It’s a handicap ac­ces­si­ble pic­nic table (which has been placed on the Chero­kee County High School cam­pus). The weather was fi­nally good enough to eat out­side that day. The kid­dos ar­gued about who was sit­ting out­side. We made a deal. Boys get it tomorrow. Thank you all for your sup­port.”

Last year’s event was able to fund a new cur­ricu­lum for spe­cial needs stu­dents at Cen­tre Mid­dle School.

“My stu­dents need this book so that we can dis­cuss how other peo­ple see us,” said Amanda McDaniel, spe­cial needs teacher. “I want them to un­der­stand that it is not how you look it’s re­ally about who you are.”

March is CP Aware­ness Month.

Did you know the symp­toms can vary on a daily ba­sis?

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by CP Walk or­ga­niz­ers, with cere­bral palsy, the mus­cles can change how they re­act for many rea­sons. The mus­cles can loosen or tighten de­pend­ing on the weather or even the mood of the pa­tient.

For more in­for­ma­tion on cere­bral palsy call 256-996-4370.

A LATE WIN­TER PIC­NIC. Grayson Huff­man and friends en­joy hav­ing their lunch out­side on the new hand­i­capped ac­ces­si­ble table on the Chero­kee County High School cam­pus. The table was pur­chased with funds raised through the 2017 Cere­bral Palsy Fun Run/Walk.

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