on May 24, 2012
Following a long tradition of supporting families touched by cerebral palsy, Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC, has provided $10,000 in grant funding to CP Family Network (CPFN), a growing national resource for the parents of special needs children.
“We believe in giving back to the community,” said Howard Janet, JJ&S managing partner. “Because we work with families touched by cerebral palsy every day, cerebral palsy is not just a concept for us. We understand the challenges these kids and their parents face. We are committed to supporting groups that can make a difference for them,” he added.
Lisa Viele, CPFN parent advisor, said the organization used the JJ&S donation to support a project by the Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation (CPIRF), services provided by the Easter Seals Inter-Generational Center in Silver Spring, MD, and several other smaller organizations.
“We were thrilled to be able to direct grant funds to these worthy organizations, all of which were nominated by our CP Families community because they directly benefit our kids,” Viele said.
Viele, whose daughter, Lizzy, has cerebral palsy, thanked JJ&S for making its donations possible. “As parents, we’re on the front lines. We have a voice. This is one way to make it heard,” she said, referring to the group’s ability to direct grant funds. “JJ&S has long supported the CP community with its legal and financial resources, and this is just another indication of its dedication,” she said.
CPFN gave $5,000 to CPIRF for a potential research project to study how virtual reality technology, such as Kinect Xbox, can be adapted for use by people with mild to severe motor dysfunction. It also gave $2,500 to the Easter Seals center for new nursery cribs, which will free- up money to serve additional special needs families using the center’s unique multi-generational approach.
CP Family Network will continue to direct grant funds to groups identified as working to help better the lives of the more than 800,000 children and adults living with cerebral palsy in the U.S. today, Viele said.
CP Family Network is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 by parents whose children developed cerebral palsy as the result of a birth injury. The organization seeks to provide information, support and legal and medical resources to all families and others affected by cerebral palsy. CP Family Network provides two one-of-a-kind resources on the Web: CP Family Care Guide: Medical and Emergency Records, for keeping track of care information for a special needs child; and CP Family Survival Guides, which list cerebral palsy resources for all 50 states. Also, parents find support and information from each other daily on the CP Family Network Facebook page and can sign up for regular emails of timely articles about cerebral palsy and CP families.