PRESTONSBURG – A large crowd was in attendance last Wednesday when local high school basketball teams took to the court during the second annual basketball game to raise awareness for Cerebral Palsy.
The event, which is organized by Kimberly Burchett, brings together the community to help raise awareness for cerebral palsy (CP), and the struggle that those living with it, and those in the role of caregiver face everyday.
This years event featured guest speakers: Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo, and Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton.
“They started this event last year, and its a great event to raise awareness for cerebral palsy,” said Stumbo. “I hope people will remember, and come out again next year.”
“Obviously we know that this is something that needs more awareness,” said Stumbo.
Earlier in the day, Stumbo had authorized a resolution in the Kentucky House of Representatives recognizing the efforts being made to generate awareness for CP.
One of the events participants, Adam Williamson, said events like Wednesdays were not around when he was growing up, so its a good step forward in awareness for the community.
“It’s important, you know. I’m happy that people are starting to get it,” said Williamson. “Its a big deal, especially for the younger kids to have a voice. To have people that care.”
Paula Jordy brought her daughter all the way from Northern Michigan to attend Wednesday’s event. Paula said that her and Burchett had become good friends after meeting in cerebral palsy support groups. “We wanted to come last year but the weather got too bad,” said Jordy.
Sheriff John Hunt donated concessions for both this year and last. Hunt said the event was very well done.
“Very informative for CP awareness, which is what its designed to do,” said Hunt of the event.
During the event several local children and adults living with CP were recognized and presented with awards. Burchett announced them as they came out onto the court.
“Each and everyone of you have impacted my heart,” said Burchett.
The event raised $2200 for the charity, which is donated to the United Cerebral Palsy fund.
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