World Cerebral Palsy Day
Every year, World Cerebral Palsy Day on October 6th recognizes people with cerebral palsy (CP), their families. The day also shows support for the organizations spreading awareness and expressing pride in the achievements of those with CP.
Over 17 million people in the world have cerebral palsy. In the United States, 500,000 children have CP, making it the most common physical disability in childhood. This non-progressive neurological disorder is usually the result of a loss of oxygen to the brain either before, during, or shortly after birth. Babies born prematurely are especially susceptible to cerebral palsy.