Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Help parents build a support system!

Catalina was in high school when she lost her 18-month-old son, Isaac, to complications from cerebral palsy. Now she has dedicated her life to helping other families with developmental disabilities.

Though many teens would have sunk into depression, anger or given up, Catalina made a difference choice for her son – and for moms across the region.

She dedicated her senior project to raising awareness and funding for cerebral palsy, giving all donations to UCP. She formed a partnership with First Northern Bank in Winters so when customers made a donation, a paper heart was displayed – the bank was covered in hearts. She has held car washes, garage sales and a hike-a-thon.

“I know other people in my small town are going through what I went through, but don’t have time to do the research because they’re just trying to take care of their children. I wanted people to know how much UCP has to offer,” Catalina said.

Catalina raised $7,800 for UCP and has now received several awards including top 10 finalist for a national award.

Though her heart was broken, Catalina knew she could make a big impact right now in the lives of families with developmental disabilities. You can too.

Please make a year-end donation or monthly pledge to UCP today!

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