Helping Hand - United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii

Dec 13, 2019

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This week on Helping Hand, we’re learning about the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Executive Director Keane Akao about their December 28th benefit Tennis and Pickleball Tournament at Central Oahu Regional Park.

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture and is the most common motor disability in childhood, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say. Cerebral means having to do with the brain. Palsy means weakness or problems with using the muscles. Symptoms vary -- A person with severe CP might need to use special equipment to be able to walk, or might not be able to walk at all and need lifelong care. A person with mild CP, on the other hand, might walk a little awkwardly, but might not need any special help. CP does not get worse over time, though the exact symptoms can change over a person’s lifetime, and many also have related conditions such as intellectual disability, seizures; problems with vision, hearing, or speech; the spine or joints.

The Tennis & Pickleball Tournament benefit event at Central Oahu Regional Park is Saturday Dec. 28th 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Players sign up as individuals & will be matched at each set with a different partner, and there’s a raffle drawing for a chance to win prizes! Entry deadline is 12/20. The entry fee is $30 and supports their programs.

Helping Hand airs statewide on HPR1 stations as part of our afternoon drive broadcast of All Things Considered, and then is archived online here. Fridays, Helping Hand puts the spotlight on an organization, topic or event that offers assistance to people with disabilities and people and animals among the most vulnerable.

Contact:

Website: unitedcerebralpalsyhawaii.org

Email: info@unitedcerebralpalsyhawaii.org

Phone: (808) 532-6744

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