In any year, cerebral palsy is more common than cancer, strokes or road traffic accidents. The Cerebral Palsy League provides vital support and services to over 5,000 children and adults with cerebral palsy and physical disabilities.
The money you raise will help provide vital support and services for people with physical disabilities so they can achieve their life goals and dreams just like Gemma and Rachael. Read their inspirational stories below.
Phil’s daughter Gemma is 18 years old and has cerebral palsy, spastic quadriplegia and epilepsy.
She loves sports, especially Triathlons, and has participated in the past two Noosa Special Triathlons, which is run in conjunction with the Noosa Triathlon, the largest in the southern hemisphere. Join our Noosa Triathlon Team here.
You might be wondering, how does she participate? For the swim leg, Gemma rides in an inflatable dinghy, which her dad tows with a harness, as he swims. For the bike leg she has her own specially designed bike (pictured) and for the run leg, Phil pushes her in a special needs running chair. Many Team CPL athletes who watched Gemma in the 2012 and 2013 Noosa Special Tri were so inspired by her - they achieved personal best times in their triathlons the next day.
Gemma is not all about winning, she is about having fun and spreading the word that having a disability is no barrier and anything is possible.
One of the benefits of joining Team CPL is you have the opportunity to meet and fundraise for inspirational people like Gemma and make a real difference to the lives of people with disabilities.
“Thanks to the support of the Cerebral Palsy League and people like you, I have received the care and therapy I needed to reach my full potential. By joining Team CPL you will be helping more kids like me achieve their dreams. Joining Team CPL is one of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding things you can do” – Rachael Dodds
Cerebral Palsy League client and now official youth ambassador Rachael Dodds is a great example of how important supporters like you are.
A week after she was born, doctors told Rachael's parents she experienced a massive brain haemorrhage at birth and it was unlikely she would ever walk or talk. Rachael was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and her parents knew how important early intervention therapy would be for her growth and development.
Almost every week from birth, Rachael went through intensive early intervention therapy services, like those the Cerebral Palsy League provide, including appointments with social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists.
Thanks to supporters like you, kids like Rachael can receive vital early intervention services. Today Rachael is a successful young woman. At just 20 years-old, she has competed in the women’s 100m and 200m sprints in the London Paralympics, and after graduating with an OP2 (the second best result possible) her future is looking bright.
Please join Team CPL and support Queenslanders with disability, like Rachael and Gemma. Every step closer you get to reaching your goal, you are helping children and adults with disability getone step closer to reaching theirs!