Thanks for Your Support to Children with Cerebral Palsy
Last Thursday, June 19, Fundación Azteca concluded its Movimiento Azteca for children suffering from cerebral palsy. Once again, we surpassed our five-million-peso goal and raised Ps$11,550,000. With the money raised, 462 children will receive specialized rehabilitation treatment for a year through APAC and 19 affiliate organizations. This represents a real change in the lives of these children and their families.
Cerebral palsy is a non-progressive neurological condition that affects motor functions due to damage to the central nervous system sustained at some point during early development. In the words of Beatriz Molina Ortiz Monasterio:
“Having cerebral palsy means having just as much intelligence and as much hope as any other person, but inside a body that does not respond [to your wishes], hands that do not obey, legs that don’t want to walk, a tongue that cannot express your thoughts; and frequently it means feeling rejected by people who don’t understand you.”
Beatriz Molina Ortiz Monasterio was the daughter of APAC’s founding president, Carmelina Ortiz Monasterio. Beatriz had cerebral palsy and thanks to APAC was able to live a more dignified life. In fact, Beaty —as her friends called her— was a volunteer with the organization for eight years until her death in 2002.
Early detection of cerebral palsy helps these children develop to a maximum their physical, intellectual, cognitive and social skills so they can achieve the highest possible degree of independence.
The mission of APAC, the Asociación Pro-Personas con Parálisis Cerebral (Association in Favor of Persons with Cerebral Palsy), is to improve the quality of life and achieve comprehensive development of people with this neurological condition through the participation of their families and community.
APAC is a community that offers care to more than 700 people annually, both in its facilities and through its mobile units. APAC’s model of attention has been replicated in 52 affiliated centers nationwide, thus extending the benefits to more than 1,600 people and their families. In addition, APAC provides training for technicians in rehabilitation; 12 graduating classes have produced 158 technicians.
Thanks to APAC’s efforts, an important number of children with cerebral palsy are now attending regular schools, and at least 500 adults with disabilities have received training to become productive members of society.
Thanks for helping APAC.