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Cerebral Palsy Of Westchester Helps Children Conquer Challenges

Brothers Yosuf (standing) and Sultan (seated) receive occupational, physical and speech therapies at the school program at Cerebral Palsy of Westchester.
Brothers Yosuf (standing) and Sultan (seated) receive occupational, physical and speech therapies at the school program at Cerebral Palsy of Westchester. Photo Credit: United Way of Westchester and Putnam

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- On May 3 through the 4, United Way Westchester and Putnam will launch its Give Local Westchester & Putnam campaign. The 24-hour online giving event asks the community to donate to 117 local, not-for-profit agencies that support the community through the arts, education, elder care, crisis support and more. Nationally, Give Local America raised more than $68 million last year.

Here’s the story of one local organization that will be raising funds on May 3-4.

Children Find Independence with Cerebral Palsy of Westchester’s help 

For 7-year-old Yosuf and his 10-year-old brother Sultan, the school program at Cerebral Palsy of Westchester has been a place of promise, friendship and possibilities. The boys, who receive occupational, physical and speech therapies at the school, have made tremendous progress. In less than a year, Yosuf, who could not walk, is taking steps on his own and his brother Sultan is learning new words each day and using more sign language to communicate. 

“They are wonderful students," said CPW Special Education Teacher, Rachel Mandel. "Their parents are supportive and thankful to the school program and clinical team for all that the boys have accomplished.”

CPW helps people realize their goals, build brighter futures, and lead more independent lives as members of their community, she said.

To find out more about Give Local Westchester & Putnam or to give to any of the 117 local organizations like Cerebral Palsy of Westchester who are participating on May 3-4, visit their website and share on social media with #givelocalwp.

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