You are Making a Difference by Funding Promising Research
Over the years, donors, riders, walkers, volunteers, and sponsors of Pedal-with-Pete have funded promising clinical research through our grants to research centers across the country and around the world, including Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and the Case Western University in cooperation with the Cleveland Clinic.

With dollars raised in 2015 we were able to make grants for these four worthy research projects:

Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, and, another facility in Italy: Researchers will begin work on a method to diagnose and detect cerebral palsy at the earliest stages of infancy based simply on a baby’s movement patterns in the crib or incubator.  This is so exciting because the earlier CP can be diagnosed, the earlier a child can be helped, and earlier treatments are usually more effective.

Research facilities in Toronto and in Holland: Researchers will compare the effectiveness of two different approaches to helping a child with CP improve their gait:  The strength-based approach verses the motor-based, or learning-based approach.  This is important so that the time children and families spend in training is used effectively; kids with CP see many specialists, and effective time-management is a key factor in quality of life.

Research facilities in Minnesota and Ontario: Researchers will refine and improve the urinary, bladder-control questionnaires that health care workers and families use when interacting with adults with CP who have various levels of communication ability.  This is important because current protocol is to use questionnaires that apply to all patients with neurological bladder control issues, and patients with CP may have more issues in play, and may need a more refined approach.  Additionally, better care in this area not only leads to quality of life, but it also can prevent life threatening infections.

Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio: Researchers will develop therapies where people with CP who are strong on one side and weaker on another can use a special glove on their strong hand and can then “teach” their weaker hand how to move effectively through electronic brain stimulations.  This approach could certainly be much preferable over current therapies where the patient is artificially prevented from using their stronger hand in order to develop function in the weaker hand!

All this research you fund helps kick off ground-breaking work that can lead to treatments and quality-of-life changes that allow children and adults with CP to better reach their full potential. Thank you so much for your support!

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