Ash Kelly

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I’m making my MOVES count for CP research!

I’m taking part in the Move4CP challenge to raise funds and awareness for cerebral palsy research.

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common lifelong physical disability in the world.

One in 323 babies is diagnosed with CP each year, and estimated related lifetime costs exceed $1.2 million per person.

Your generous support will accelerate groundbreaking research to change what's possible for this underfunded condition. There are several vital research programs, including:

  • Training medical teams to detect cerebral palsy in babies as young as three months old, so they can get timely physical therapy.
  • Supporting research into new chronic pain treatments and solutions for millions of people with CP

Please help me reach my giving goal. Together, we change lives and move CP research forward.

Thanks so much for your support! 

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With my love and gratitude

Tuesday 22nd Jun
I’m writing this with actual tears in my eyes. I wanted to reach out and say thank you so, so much for your donation. It means more to me than I can ever describe. I try to be fairly communicative about my journey and my struggles with my journey with CP. But to know there are people, wonderful allies out there that are willing to support my community and make us better warms my heart. I’ve wanted to give up more than once. Sometimes it was too much. But the reason I fought is because of the people that supported me along the way. It is an honor to be supported by you. Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart.

Why I move for CP

Tuesday 22nd Jun
I didn’t seriously take care of my body or legs until their well-being was threatened. 

I am fairly open about my struggles with my weight, but today I want to talk about how much my life changed when I heard this phrase: 

“I don’t know if you will walk again. I have to keep your knee intact.” 

I have always known that there was a 50/50 chance that I would lose my ability to walk as I aged— this is the reality of aging with secondary symptoms of CP: arthritis, spasticity, post impairment syndrome. But I treated it similarly to getting in a plane crash— possible, but not likely. 

I know that’s why my world shattered in November of last year. Everything I thought I wanted, no needed, seemed to be taken away in an instant. 

For the month following, I was deeply depressed, disconnected, and heartbroken. I had a dream one night, and in that dream someone said to me “Ash, are you going to give up? Or are you going to give it everything you’ve got?” 

It was then that I was shaken enough to wake up, literally, and fight. I had to be accountable to what I was doing, and ask if my actions were helping or hurting my chances of getting back on my feet. 

I reached out to coaches. 
I started using food as tools to fuel me. 
I began moving: stretching, exercising; because it was now so, so precious. 

I made a promise to myself that I was no longer going to be ashamed, embarrassed, or as self-conscience. This experience made me understand how important #move4cp was. 

Thank you so much to everyone that has donated and posted in solidarity and love. I am grateful for you. 

Thank you to my Sponsors

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Makayla Mecier

I love you and I will support you always, even from a distance 💜

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Renee King

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Jules Howard

Keep giving it every thing you’ve got girlie!!! I told you before~ I’ll tell you again, You Are An Inspiration!!!

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Heather Mello & Family

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Rebecca P

I love you ❤

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Harnony

Can’t wait to watch you succeed this month

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