My name is Miriah Gilliam-Perkins; I am the founder of Rise4CP and mother of a happy nonverbal 13 year old boy named Darren who has left hemiplegia Cerebral Palsy. I got the idea for Rise4cp in March of 2016 through a post on Instagram that was shared by another special needs mom during Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. I hadn’t heard anything about Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month from any of my son’s doctors, specialist, therapist, or teachers throughout his 8 years of life so I begin to do my research. I was grieved due to the lack of recognition but this also gave me a deep desire to raise awareness and help others that are impacted by Cerebral Palsy. People in our community matter and they don’t have to be hidden away because of their differences. The world should be educated about their condition and the challenges (physical, social, mental, emotional, and financial) that they may encounter living with Cerebral Palsy. This idea became reality, we have been an official 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization since 2018. A resolution was passed in March of 2021 to honor March 25th as Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day in the state of Michigan. (Pictured from left to right Miriah G. Perkins, Darren, Representative Stephanie A. Young in front of Michigan State Capitol Building). Every year we honor Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month in March; walk to honor World CP Day in October; fundraise throughout the year; raise awareness; and donate to people impacted by cerebral palsy.
Rise4CP is a nonprofit organization that raise awareness and help individuals impacted by Cerebral Palsy.
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