When a medical professional tells you that a child you love faces the distinct possibility of being developmentally unlike other children, or the other members of your family, it's like heading into battle against an unknown enemy-- except there is no prep time, no boot camps or training programs. As the well-known story goes, you thought you were going to Italy and all of a sudden you ended up in Holland and you aren’t sure what to do next. We are here to help parents navigate this new journey while advocating for the CP research, treatments and cure our children so dearly deserve.

2010 has been a year of many successes by RFTS on behalf of children with Cerebral Palsy. For that, we are so grateful and blessed to have you as part of the “Reaching for the Stars” family. Since our launch in late 2004, we have established ourselves as the leading parent-led national nonprofit pediatric Cerebral Palsy foundation in the U.S. dedicated to finding new treatments and a cure for CP, while educating and supporting parents. We could not have done this without your support. Here are just a few of our highlights for 2010:
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The holiday season is a special time of togetherness with friends and family, and it’s also a perfect time to reflect and pay tribute to those that have made a difference in our lives. This year, please consider making a gift to RFTS, Inc. in honor of someone who has made a special impact on your life, or a special child so that we are able to continue our efforts to lead the charge in finding the overdue new treatments, ways to prevent, and a cure for CP, the most common motor disability in childhood, affecting 1 in 278 children and over 800,000 Americans. The time is now.

  • Established official partnerships with the AACPDM and CPIRF to advocate for federally funded, national CP research, via the CDC and NIH, with key lawmakers in Washington DC. Our most recent trip in September generated national press awareness which you can read on our website. Want to know what we’re working towards? Click here to read our DC Fact Sheet. We won’t give up until we succeed.
  • Launched several more RFTS chapters around the U.S., including New York and our Iowa chapter, who was instrumental in creating a very successful fundraising and awareness building effort.
  • Welcomed the partnership of Michael Kutcher, twin brother of actor Ashton Kutcher, as both an effective national CP advocate and local RFTS chapter leader. We are thrilled to have Michael join our RFTS Community Advisory Board.
  • Partnered with several leading medical institutions and the NIH to help them recruit children with CP for important clinical trials, including Duke University’s current umbilical cord blood stem cell trial. To learn more click here.
  • Invited to be a member of the the Department of Health and Human Services AHRQ.gov Issue Exploration Forum on Cerebral Palsy as the only parent CP foundation included.
  • Strengthened our partnership with the CDC (www.cdc.gov) to co-sponsor the 4th annual CP Awareness Day to be held March 3rd, 2011 at the CDC with an incredible program agenda.
  • Added Sue Murr, PT, PCS and Program Manager of the Cerebral Palsy Clinic at Gillette Children’s Hospital in Minnesota to our esteemed Medical Advisory Board.
  • Launched our growing Twitter presence at www.twitter.com/reach4stars for the latest news, community and research updates
  • Created a RFTS presence on Facebook under "Reaching for the Stars (RFTS, Inc.)". Please stop and join our community!
Today, we challenge you and hope to inspire you. Your tax deductible gift can directly help find a cure and new treatments for Cerebral Palsy, and exemplifies the spirit of the holiday season. Please visit reachingforthestars.org to make your gift today.

Only with your support can we continue our work educating and advocating for the necessary research, clinical trials, new treatments and cure that children with CP are waiting for. Thank you for your generosity. We wish you all the best in the Holiday Season and 2011.

Happy Holidays,

Cynthia Frisina Gray
Anna Marie Champion
Co-Founders, RFTS, Inc.
RFTS is on the front lines of pediatric Cerebral Palsy. The children with CP and their families are depending on the success of our efforts.

 


 

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Phone: 877-561-RFTS