World Cerebral Palsy Day

I have cerebral palsy (CP), so I was thrilled to learn that my blog’s eight month anniversary, Sept. 4, 2012, is World Cerebral Palsy Day – an innovative way for 17 million people with CP to tell the world how they want to make their lives better. The theme for this unique day (a world first) is ‘Change my world in 1 minute’. Please wear green and visit the website for more information about how people with CP, their family and friends can submit one minute ideas suggesting ways to improve the lives of those living with CP. During the month of September, everyone is encouraged to go online, review the ideas and vote for the concepts that will have the greatest impact on people’s lives. Thank you, Charisse Living with Cerebral Palsy, for posting the information about this special day on your Facebook page. Charisse’s goal is “to show others that people with disabilities can do things other people can do, we just sometimes do things differently in our own unique way.”

In honor of World Cerebral Palsy Day, here is a powerful poem written by Marty Gregoire, founder of Footsteps of WNY, an organization that provides charitable assistance to individuals with cerebral palsy by directly purchasing medically prescribed orthopedic and therapeutic devices not covered by insurance.

I met Marty through Facebook. He saw my entry in the Caregiver Cruise Giveaway Contest, posted a comment and we became fast friends with so much in common – growing up the youngest in a large family, having cerebral palsy and being a caregiver to a mom who has Alzheimer’s Disease. Marty inspires everyone he meets. He impacts the lives of people living with CP one footstep at a time. Read why Marty runs for those who can’t in The Buffalo News.

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17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Steven
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 11:48:29



  2. Genevieve Horrall
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 13:22:24

    My precious princess has CP and everyday she faces and conquers her challenges. Thank you for the article. I had no idea there was a day dedicated to this.


    • bareyournaketruth
      Sep 04, 2012 @ 13:33:53

      Hi Genevieve!

      Welcome! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I, too, did not know there was a day dedicated to CP until I saw Charisse’s post on Facebook. I’m sure you will like her page – and Marty’s Footsteps of WYN page, too. How old is your daughter?


  3. George Hardman
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 14:01:34

    loved it ! I will be sharing !


  4. iamsuzanne
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 14:05:49

    Nicole – one of the best there is out there in this big world. And, how very cool is her very own blog. She could teach me a thing or two or more about a whole lotta things – expert blogging being one of them. Stand strong, my friend!!!


  5. Jhonathan Free
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 17:18:54

    All The Best!!! I hope you reach your goal!


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  7. Cynthia C.
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 20:34:29

    Hello. I have CP, too.


  8. Lauren G Reliford
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 12:21:31

    Blessings to you love. I’ve been thinking about this CP lately. Wondering about a friend of mine who’s son is CP. Blessings to you for working to live a better life. More Love.


    • bareyournaketruth
      Sep 07, 2012 @ 12:30:49

      Hi Lauren,

      Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a lovely comment. :-) Your friend may be interested in some of the info/links in this post and the one titled “Dealing With Disabilities. Good luck to her as well as her son with CP.


  9. bareyournaketruth
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 13:32:44

    Congratulations to Marty Gregoire for his feature article in The Buffalo News: “S. Buffalo man with CP dedicated to running for those who can’t.” Here is the link:


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