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Celebrating Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day — and Grant!

Today is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day in the United States. We have children with cerebral palsy in most of our programs all around China, but today we wanted to celebrate one special boy — Grant!

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We first became acquainted with Grant when he attended our Believe in Me orphanage school in Shantou from 2007 to 2013. Grant had been living at the orphanage and getting physical therapy for his cerebral palsy.

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We were so happy that we were able to get him into our Shantou foster care program last fall so that he could begin to know what it’s like to live as part of a family. He also now has the opportunity to attend public school which is a great experience for this bright 11-year-old!

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Described as an energetic leader with a good sense of humor, Grant’s teacher enjoys having him in class. His foster family says that the feeling is mutual! Grant is learning to write Pinyin and enjoys looking at colorful books. He follows directions well and is motivated by positive words and praise.

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Physically, Grant is able to do quite a lot. He enjoys running and using the climbing equipment at the playground with his friend Quinn.

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If you’re not familiar with cerebral palsy, be sure to visit our Adopt Special Needs website for a good introduction and access to other online resources. To learn more about how you can get involved in cerebral palsy awareness, please be sure to read this piece from the Cerebral Palsy Guide.

We celebrate all children with cerebral palsy — not just today, but every day!

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