UCP ANNOUNCES WORLD CEREBRAL PALSY CHALLENGE SUCCESS

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Kaelan Richards: 202-973-7175, krichards@ucp.org

UCP ANNOUNCES WORLD CEREBRAL PALSY CHALLENGE SUCCESS 

International fundraising and fitness event raises more than $180,000 in U.S., $1.6 million worldwide

Washington, DC (November 8, 2013) – United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) has announced the final results from the second annual World Cerebral Palsy (CP) Challenge, an international awareness and fundraising campaign for people living with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. In only its second year, more than 1,920 individuals from five different countries participated in the World CP Challenge—and raised more than $180,000 in the U.S. and $1.6 million worldwide.

Launched in 2012, the World CP Challenge is an international, accessible health and wellness activity that helps to promote health living while raising awareness and support for people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. With an estimated 350 million people around the world living with a disability, and 57 million in the U.S. alone, there is a great need for both awareness and support.

The World CP Challenge brings people together, with individuals forming teams of four and challenging themselves to take 10,000 steps a day, everyday, for an entire month. Along the way, participants log their steps online, tracking their progress as their step count propels them up virtual mountains and competing against other teams from around the world. Nearly any activity, from yoga, to swimming, to physical therapy, can be converted into steps, making the World CP Challenge accessible to people of all abilities.

“The World Cerebral Palsy Challenge has proven to be a great success: in just its second year, our teams raised an incredible $180,000 in the U.S. and more than $1.6 million worldwide— enabling us to fund research, support our affiliates and provide the services that people with disabilities and their families need. We are so proud of every organization, team and individual that worked together and committed to this month-long event; their dedication is what makes the World CP Challenge, and our work for people with disabilities, possible,” said Stephen Bennett, President and CEO of UCP. “Thank you to everyone involved, and we hope to see you again next year!”

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About United Cerebral Palsy

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) educates, advocates and provides support services through an affiliate network to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. Together with nearly 100 affiliates, UCP has a mission to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities by supporting more than 176,000 children and adults every day—one person at a time, one family at a time. UCP works to enact real change—to revolutionize care, raise standards of living and create opportunities—impacting the lives of millions living with disabilities. For more than 60 years, UCP has worked to ensure the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in every facet of society. Together, with parents and caregivers, UCP will continue to push for the social, legal and technological changes that increase accessibility and independence, allowing people with disabilities to dream their own dreams, for the next 60 years, and beyond. For more information, please visit www.ucp.org.