Dear Parents and Friends of children with Cerebral Palsy,

RFTS is excited to announce a generous donation to Dr. Michael Johnston and Dr. Alec Hoon of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to expand their ground-breaking neural plasticity research in children with Cerebral Palsy. Dr. Johnston is the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President Kennedy Krieger Institute, as well as Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Hoon, MD, MPH is the Director for the Phelps Center for Cerebral Palsy and Neurodevelopmental Medicine at Kennedy Krieger Institute. He is also a research scientist at Kennedy Krieger Institute and is also an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Thanks to your generous donations over the last year, we are able to begin to fulfill one of our dreams of helping to fund promising pediatric cerebral palsy research. We have a long way to go, and with your help, this will be only the beginning of successful research collaborations that will help us unlock the causes and hopefully a cure for CP. If you would like to directly help children with Cerebral Palsy and be a part of exciting new research projects, please click here to donate online.

Please click here to read more about Dr. Johnston and Dr. Hoon's research which centers on advanced MRI brain imaging techniques (diffusion tensor imaging) in children with cerebral palsy and possible changes in function and imaging related to activity-based therapies.

FYI -- please note that the 5th Annual St. Louis CP Parent Conference Postponed until March 27th-28th, 2009. Due to circumstances beyond our control the August parent conference will be postponed until March, 2009. Please stay tuned for more information about how to register for this exciting conference.

In other conference news around the country, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago is holding a CME credit conference August 14th and 15th in Chicago on "Sensory Motor Performance in Cerebral Palsy.What Lessons Have We Learned From The Application of Technology in Stroke Rehabilition?" Parents and clinicians are welcome to attend. Please click here to find out more information and register for this conference.

RFTS partners with the CDC to increase awareness of Cerebral Palsy in many ways. Check out our new Cerebral Palsy podcast and the new Cerebral Palsy feature on the CDC website!

Hope you are having a safe and relaxing summer with your children! We'd love to hear from you and welcome your input. Our email addresses are listed on our website. Stay tuned for an in-depth update in August.

All the best and keep Reaching For The Stars,

Cynthia Frisina Gray and Anna Marie Champion
Co-Founders, RFTS, Inc.


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