STEPtember will look different for everyone and that's okay.
From Katy, founder of Cerebral Palsy Strong & STEPtember Trainer—
For those living with CP, like me, movement is a constant challenge. Our bodies expend up to 3x as much energy as most non-disabled people just in our daily life. STEPtember is an intimidating challenge to anyone with mobility challenges like CP or otherwise.
I share this to say that while STEPtember is focused on taking 10,000 steps/day for the month, it doesn't mean that other activities are less valid. Your time spent at PT, doing yoga or dance…your strength training or adaptive exercise counts whether or not you took any “steps” at all.
For those who aren’t familiar, CP looks different for everyone as a neurological condition and physical disability. There are many people with CP who are non-ambulatory and may use a wheelchair full-time or those who are fairly ambulatory, using a wheelchair part-time and other mobility devices (like a walker, a cane or orthotic leg brace) at other times depending on the environment and activity they’re doing. This is lifelong and our bodies and needs will change as we age. But disabled people, arguably more than most, are extremely adaptive and determined because we’ve been faced with a lifetime of accessibility and physical challenges (not to mention social & cultural).
My hope is that people with CP or another disability will join me in participating in the STEPtember challenge to show the world that we’re capable of so much.
I also hope that anyone who participates in STEP with our organization, Cerebral Palsy Strong, takes a moment to expand their understanding of movement and awareness of CP. People with CP are all around us, living their lives, surpassing expectations every day. Our community is full of creative, powerful, and innovative people and deserve to be recognized for it!
Thank you for reading, I hope you’ll join us in supporting research for CP!
Welcome. Help us move CP research forward!
We're taking part in the STEPtember challenge to raise funds and awareness for cerebral palsy research. By walking, riding, or moving the equivalent of 10,000 steps a day for 30 days, starting September 1.
Perhaps you know Katy and her family, or you or someone you love has CP and are apart of our growing online community, #CPStrong. However it is you got involved, we are glad you're here!
The disability community has so much to gain from the research that CPARF funds and that's why we are going to do everything we can to show our support.
Did you know? Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common lifelong physical disability in the world but it's also the most underfunded.
Your generosity will accelerate groundbreaking research to help people with CP live a better quality of life. Some ongoing projects include:
- Training medical teams to detect CP in babies as young as three months old, so they can get timely physical therapy.
- Uncovering new chronic pain treatments and solutions for people with CP.
- Developing technology that will revolutionize communication for the millions of people with CP who can’t speak.
Please help us support this great cause by making a donation or spreading the word about STEPtember. It will mean so much to me — and to everyone with CP.