Your 10,000 daily steps matter to you because they make you feel great (or maybe exhausted). With STEPtember, they matter even more. Because you’ve stepped up — and you’re helping fund life-changing scientific advances for people with cerebral palsy. Here’s what that means.
CP affects 1 in 320 newborns in the US. It’s the most common physical disability in childhood, and it affects more than 18 million people of all ages worldwide.
Simply put, it’s a physical disability that’s caused by brain damage during pregnancy, birth, or shortly after birth. CP affects movement, coordination, muscle tone and control, reflexes, posture, and balance.
CP affects people in different ways — from only directly impacting one limb to profoundly affecting someone’s entire body.
The entire body is connected, so CP can still affect parts that aren’t receiving faulty signals from the brain. Because when someone with CP sits or moves or walks, they engage their muscles in different ways than someone without CP — and over time, that can cause related issues.
The brain damage that causes CP doesn’t worsen, but the wear and tear of living with CP means that people often experience the disability differently as they age.
STEPtember is a global movement that started locally. It began in Australia in 2010, and it was originally called the Cerebral Palsy Challenge. After two successful years, STEPtember went international.
In 2019, it will run in the United States, Australia, France, Turkey, Canada, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, and India. When you track your progress, you can do it against your team, your organization, and people around the world.
CPARF lives on the cutting edge.
It’s where our researchers thrive, where we do our best work, where we’re about to change the world. And we’re driven to that edge by hope. That we can help people with cerebral palsy live pain-free. That we can help them live the lives they envision for themselves. Hope that we can amplify their voices — allowing them to say what’s on their mind whenever they want to and be understood. Hope that we can prevent CP in the first place. And hope that one day we’ll find a cure.
We’re proudly a friends-of organization of Australia’s Cerebral Palsy Alliance.