Jaret's Best Year Yet

This year our family has chosen to help support my cousin, Randilyn Castleberry Cochran with her expenses for her son Jaret.  Instead of Christmas gifts for each other, we are giving financial support for Jaret's care.  Jaret  was born 15 weeks early and he will be 4 on April 13th.  He was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and has special needs each and every day.  He now weighs 28 lbs and 35 inches long.  Randilyn takes Jaret to Wichita Falls 2 times a week for therapy  which takes about $50 a week just for gas to get him there. He has special dietary needs as well that add up also. He doesn't sit up by himself yet. He just got his wheelchair.   A local church youth group built the handicap ramp for their home so Jaret could use the wheelchair.  Randilyn and her family have tried to raise money for all of Jaret's medical needs but have raised less than $1,000.  The local agencies have not been able to provide the needed assistance.   Sometimes, it just takes a group of friends and family to step in and do what they can.  I am asking you to consider Jaret in your Christmas giving.  Instead of an anonymous Christmas Angel  gift, you can choose to be Jaret's angel.  Any amount will help.    We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. 

What is Cerebral Palsy? Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disorder that affects muscle tone, movement, and motor skills (the ability to move in a coordinated and purposeful way). CP is usually caused by brain damage that occurs before or during a child's birth, or during the first 3 to 5 years of a child's life.

The brain damage that leads to cerebral palsy can also lead to other health issues, including vision, hearing, and speech problems, and learning disabilities.

There is no cure for CP, but treatment, therapy, special equipment, and, in some cases, surgery can help a child who is living with the condition.

The three types of CP are:

1. spastic cerebral palsy — causes stiffness and movement difficulties
2. athetoid cerebral palsy — leads to involuntary and uncontrolled movements
3. ataxic cerebral palsy — causes a disturbed sense of balance and depth perception

Cerebral palsy affects muscle control and coordination, so even simple movements — like standing still — are difficult. Other vital functions that also involve motor skills and muscles — such as breathing, bladder and bowel control, eating, and learning — may also be affected when a child has CP. Cerebral palsy does not get worse over time.
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