PONTIAC (WWJ) – In celebration of National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day, Americans are encouraged to wear a bit of green to show their support.

WWJ’s Dr. Deanna Lites reports Cerebral Palsy is a disorder that affects muscle tone, movement and motor skills. It can also lead to problems with learning, speech and vision.

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CP is usually caused by brain damage that occurs before or during a child’s birth; and, while there’s no cure, treatments are available.

At the Euro-Peds National Center for Intensive Physical Therapy in Pontiac, health professionals are helping children and adults from around the country and the world.

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Clinic Director Michelle Haney explained the center offers an “intensive form of physical therapy” — four hours per day, five days a week, over several weeks at a time.

Haney said that, while health insurance covers some of the therapy expenses, the center started the Euro-Peds Foundation to help families.

“The foundation was created to raise funds and provide grants for children attending who are having with out-of-pocket expenses,” Haney said.

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