Joey's life changing treatment

While I was pregnant with Joey, she suffered a stroke. As a result, she was diagnosed with right hemiplegic cerebral palsy at 8 months old.   Joey is a very spunky, active and highly functioning 10 year old, but the stroke has impacted Joey’s use of her right side.  She has been in Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy since infancy, and has made amazing progress, but there are still many things she wishes she could do with her hand.

We are so excited because Joey has just been invited to receive cutting-edge intensive Occupational Therapy at Columbia University this summer, where they are making great strides in increasing the hand function of kids like Joey. They are offering treatment to a limited number of kids this summer, and Joey was chosen! Furthermore, while this treatment is very expensive, Columbia University is offering it free at this time! It's an amazing opportunity that we just can't pass up.

The only setback is that we have to provide our own travel, food, and lodging, and we are finding out NYC is very expensive. We will need to be there from June 22-July 16, and although I am searching for the most economical options, housing and travel are going to run over $7,000.

The children that have been in this program have made long-term functional gains with their affected hand. This is a life-impacting treatment for Joey.  She looks forward to typing better, playing musical instruments, and being more functional with her right hand in the numerous sports that she plays. Any support you can give to make this happen is extremely appreciated!

Joey will also be fundraising in the form of making and selling various things- bracelets, holiday decorations and anything else that we can think of and create.  I will post the various offerings on Facebook as we come up with them.  We will ship/deliver as necessary!

To learn more about the treatment Columbia University is offering for kids affected by strokes visit

Thank you so much for any help that you can provide!
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Lottie Drake 
San Jose, CA
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