About Us

Launched in late 2005 by two mothers in Atlanta, Georgia, “Reaching for the Stars. A Foundation of Hope for Children with Cerebral Palsy”  (RFTS, Inc.) has grown into the largest pediatric Cerebral Palsy nonprofit foundation in the world led by parents, with a focus on the Prevention, Treatment and Cure of Cerebral Palsy.  We are committed to serving the needs of children with Cerebral Palsy, their families, and the care givers involved in their care. You can read more about our story here in a feature on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website about Cerebral Palsy.

The RFTS mission is centered on the belief that leading-edge pediatric research, increased awareness and education will lead to new treatments of Cerebral Palsy, improving the lives of impacted children and their families. Research for CP, particularly in children, is under-supported and severely under-funded… slowing progress towards better understanding what causes Cerebral Palsy, how to best treat it and how to eventually cure it.

Consider these facts:

  • Despite being the most common motor disability in children affecting over 17,000,000 people worldwide, the awareness of Cerebral Palsy remains very low.
  • The prevalence of Cerebral Palsy is not decreasing in the U.S. – despite advances in neonatal and obstetrical care.  It is estimated that 1 in 323 children, and over 800,000 Americans are impacted by Cerebral Palsy.
  • There has been no dedicated U.S. line item funding for Cerebral Palsy research, even though Cerebral Palsy has higher prevalence than muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s disease, childhood cancer, hearing loss, spina bifida, hemophilia, fetal alcohol syndrome, or cystic fibrosis.  Source: CDC,  National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke (NINDS/NIH)  You can read more about this issue here.

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” —Margaret Mead

 

In just a few short years, “Reaching for the Stars” has made huge strides to increase Cerebral Palsy awareness and research progress.

Here are a few of our specific accomplishments:

More children with Cerebral Palsy are being diagnosed every day despite advances in neonatal and obstetrical care. The prevalence  of CP is 1 in 323 U.S. children, and over 17,000,000 people worldwide.

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