Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Empower people with developmental disabilities for generations to come!


Shelby weighed just over a pound when she was born with cerebral palsy. Now at 11 she can use a laptop and write letters. Imagine what she’ll be able to do when she’s twice that age. We’ve already started.

We created the Foundation for UCP of Sacramento and Northern California to sustain our programs so we can sustain the people we serve throughout their lives.

The Foundation for UCP of Sacramento and Northern California ensures our clients have the chance to live their lives – their whole lives – without limits.

That’s what Shelby is doing.

When Shelby and her twin brother, Shane, were born 11 weeks premature, Shane suffered minimal effects, but Shelby was diagnosed with multiple challenges, including cerebral palsy and multiple epiphysial dysplasia.

Fortunately, Shelby’s mom had worked in UCP’s family respite program and knew the family would have a partner in caring for Shelby, who at one point required anywhere from five to 15 trips to therapy each week.

Now Shelby is becoming more and more independent, learning to drive her wheelchair, playing on her own, swimming and enjoying playing with hair and make-up.

“Just because I’m in a wheelchair doesn’t mean I can’t dance and sing,” Shelby said. “I’m just like everyone else.”

Please consider naming the Foundation for UCP of Sacramento and Northern California in your estate plan! For more information, contact Steve Horton, Director of Development and Marketing, at (916) 283-8312 or shorton@ucpsacto.org.

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