Our youngest daughter (age 7) has Quadriplegic Spastic Cerebral Palsy. We are currently waiting for her surgery date to reconstruct and anatomically correct her hips. It's an extensive surgery with a 3-6 month traumatic recovery period. We are constantly questioned, "What is wrong with her?" So we decided to make Emily's Angels out of hand picked shells, cleaned and oiled from our local beaches. Our daughter and her siblings will gift these nature creations to support and bring awareness of Cerebral Palsy while Emily awaits her surgery, and during her recovery period.
"Cerebral Palsy, also known as CP, is a condition caused by injury to the parts of the brain that control our ability to use our muscles and bodies. Cerebral means having to do with the brain. Palsy means weakness or problems with using the muscles. CP can be mild, moderate, or severe. Mild CP may mean a child is clumsy. Moderate CP may mean the child walks with a limp. He of she may need a special leg brace or a cane. More severe CP can affect all parts of a child's physical abilities. (Our daughter) A child with moderate or severe CP may have to use a wheelchair and other special equipment. Sometimes children with CP can also have learning problems, speech, problems with hearing or seeing (called sensory problems), intellectual differences, and behavioural or emotional challenges. Cerebral Palsy does not always cause serious disabilities. Usually, the greater the injury to the brain, the more severe the CP. However, CP doesn't get worse over time, and most children with CP have a normal life span"
We hope with Emily's Angels it will not only provide awareness of our daughter's condition but to allow Emily the opportunity to decrease her worries by enlightening others that Emily's Angels will strengthen and offer hope to everyone facing life challenges. Each angel includes the gift of hope, and empowerment. Following Emily's successful surgery we hope to purchase an all terrain jogging stroller for Emily so she can keep hiking, experiencing life and our great outdoors. Any donations from an angel for an angel will be accepted and greatly appreciated. Most importantly, just a "Hello" or even a picture of Elmo or Peppa the Pig after receiving an Emily Angel would put a smile on our daughter's face during her recovery. For more details contact Emily's Angels at firstname.lastname@example.org
"He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge" Psalm 91:4
"We don't know how strong we are until being strong is the only choice we have" - Cerebral Palsy Awareness.