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Feb 27, 2013 6:32 PM by Akeam Ashford

Raising kids with Cerebral Palsy

The Cerebral Palsy association of Acadiana will hold their annual fundraiser telethon this weekend. Nancy Stevens is event coordinator, but also has a daughter who suffers from cerebral palsy. Laynie Stevens says, "I'm very happy because I think I've come very far from where I was; i think overall i like who I am and I don't have a problem with it."

The event this weekend will aim to raise as much money as possible. Stevens says she wants everyone to know the money raised this weekend will completely be used in Louisiana.

Jeanne Comeaux is another mother who is raising a child with this condition. She says when she first heard about her sons condition she told family she wanted to keep her child. "I mean what am i suppose to do, give him away. No I'm going to keep him."

Comeaux says she won't raise him any other way. "I don't want him to feel different, he doesn't feel different. He acts like the other kids, he plays baseball and basketball."

According to the Centers for Disease, cerebral palsy is a condition that affects the brain. A child is born with brain damage before, during, or after birth when the brain is denied oxygen. The symptoms of CP vary from person to person. 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 might 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, but exact symptoms can change over a person's lifetime.

The fundraiser will be held March 2nd and 3rd at the Heymann Center in Lafayette. For more information log onto katctv.com for more information.




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