Category Archives: Exercising

Team TeenCP Recruiting for The World CP Challenge!!!

 935935_511767228872784_258758287_n

Hi Guys!

I hope you are all having a fabulous week… good news, it’s almost Friday! So as some of you may have read on the TeenCP Facebook Page, I am interning at United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County this summer to help promote a worldwide fundraiser called The World CP Challenge!

Today, I am asking those of you who like to stay active and fit to consider participating in the World CP Challenge in support of children with disabilities. The World CP Challenge is a 4-week health and wellness activity, which helps you get active while having a positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities AND spread CP awareness! Check it out online with the link provided below to watch a quick video too!!

The World CP Challenge:         

  • When: September 4th – October 2nd
  • What: 4-week team challenge, promoting health & wellness
  • Teams of 4 challenge themselves to take 10,000  steps a day—over 40 activities can be done and converted on the website to steps
  • Wear your pedometer daily & log-in your steps and watch your team take a virtual trek around the world, climbing the highest peaks on each continent.
  • Cost – $25 per adult/ $10 per child
  • Where: www.worldcpchallenge.org/ucpoc   

More details about the challenge can be found at www.worldcpchallenge.org/ucp-oc.org

Of course there are other UCP affiliates here in the states, so check out your local area to see if there is a center near you that is participating in the challenge! If not, you can always sign up your team or donate to support the Orange County center that I work with if you are feeling generous. 🙂 I am going to register my team, Team TeenCP very soon!! Registration ends in August, so luckily we have some time to pass on word of the great fundraiser that supports people like you and me who have CP!!

I will be posting updates here and there over the summer, but if you would like in on the Challenge and need more information, please feel free to contact me via email and I can send you all the info you need to help you succeed with this fundraiser!

kfetters@ucp-oc.org

To learn more about the services UCP-OC provide the community, visit www.ucp-oc.org.

Thanks for reading all, have a great weekend!!

-Katy

P.S. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for some upcoming guest blogs from here on TeenCP!

World CP Challenge!!

Hi all,

I hope you are having a great start to your week! I am putting up a guest post later this week… but before that I want to share with you, this new fundraiser that I am participating in. I plan to take on the World CP Challenge with full force–it kicks off on World CP Day September 4th!! Let me tell you a bit about it while I still have your attention haha. Here is a great little info snippet that I’d love for all of you to read, if you are interested in sponsoring or donating to my team….GO TEAM TEENCP!

I’m taking part in the World CP Challenge and I’d love to have your support. I’ll be part of a four person team climbing a virtual mountain to raise funds for United Cerebral Palsy, who are dedicated to the treatment, prevention and ultimately finding a cure for cerebral palsy.

You may not be aware that a child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy every 15 hours making it the most common physical disability in childhood.

I’ll be wearing a pedometer to count the steps I take each day and for the next four weeks I’ll need to reach a target of 10,000 steps every single day to complete the Challenge.

In four weeks, I’ll take 280,000 steps and I hope that proves how committed I am to this cause and how much your support would mean to me.

You can make a donation towards my fundraising target by copying and pasting this link (http://donate.us.worldcpchallenge.org/index/onbehalfof/accountId/c5f0c77877876796b59ce816ca462cb3) into your browser.

Access to the right equipment and essential services makes a big difference. Imagine being in an accident and needing a wheelchair and then having to join an 18 month waiting list. This is the reality for many families.

In addition to providing services and equipment to families affected by cerebral palsy, United Cerebral Palsy also funds critical research projects. Without funding for research no improvements will be made in the way that cerebral palsy is diagnosed and treated and there will never be a cure.

I hope you can help with a donation today which will make a big difference to families affected by cerebral palsy.
Thanks for your support,

Katy Fetters

PS: Every donation is tax deductible and you’ll be automatically issued with a tax receipt.

PSS: What is also great is that 80% of what is raised goes DIRECTLY to United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County, the center that people of my community go to when in need!! My goal is to raise $5,000 and I need your help to reach this goal 🙂 …so far I have $430.00 thanks to some generous people who see the importance of helping out the CP community! Yay!!

CP Running Diaries…

Hello Hello!

Well I figure it’s about that time again…I have so much to say so I’ll try to be brief and not bore all of you guys on here haha. (That’s me up top if you are wondering…I’m posing in our family’s gym tee, super fun! 🙂 )

I have been super busy with school these past few weeks! I cannot believe we are nearing the end of the semester, and the end of my freshman year of college! I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of a few great events and programs here at Soka recently. There was a night of “inspiration”–I guess you could say, that one of our seniors put on to raise money for her cause and she featured some students, and I was able to share some of my own story about starting TeenCP and all. I didn’t speak at the event, but there was a story board with “student spotlights” that was put up for all to see–very cool, I’ll try to get a pic up on the facebook page soon. 🙂

Other than that, I have been a little on the down side because I injured my right foot (non-CP side) and just found out that I fractured a bone in my foot from all the running I’ve been doing. I’m a little more than bummed right now, just because I have to go to the doctor today and get a soft cast or a walking boot put on for a good 6 weeks. I’ve been thinking that it was something that could heal with ice and aleve, but now I have to give in so I can heal properly. Which means I probably wont be doing any running anytime soon. I’m not worried about my half-marathon, because I have a lot of time to heal, I am just more sad because I feel so debilitated by this. 🙁 All these stairs and hills on campus haven’t been helping much. I am so used to relying on my right side for balance and coordination–my right side keeps me walking!! Crazy to think I’ve been hobbling around for about 2 weeks now on a fractured foot. You can imagine how silly I look with CP on one side and an injury on the other….

But it is these kinds of things that I try not to look at as a “setback” because if all goes as planned and I get a walking boot, I can still get some cardio in on a bike or elliptical to keep myself in shape. I have never known what it is like to injure my right side;  it is a little discouraging, but it just makes me all the more determined to get better and keep myself healthy so I can continue what I started. This has made me also realize how little I really use my left side, so in a way this is good so I can learn to strength my CP side and practice my strength and coordination that I am lacking because of CP.

Well I have to get going to my doctor appointment, here’s hoping he will give me some “good” news so I can just wear a walking boot!

I apologize for my staggered involvement in TeenCP–I do always love to know what it going on with everyone so keep the “likes” and comments coming on the facebook page because I am on there just as much, and know that you can always comment on here or email me–even if I don’t get back to you right away, I do always read what you guys write or post! 🙂

Take care everyone–the weekend is half way here. 🙂

-Katy

PS– It is not too late to sign up for the OC Marathon for all you LOCALS out there! Check out the link up top–run with TEAM UCP-OC!

Monday Blues…With a Hint of Optimism

Hello Everyone–

I’m feeling a little at odds today…

Mondays are always difficult for me, especially after a nice Sunday well spent with my family and my mama’s home cooked dinner. I just have some trouble finding the motivation to start my week off in the right mindset, ya know? I always try to work on changing my way of thinking so that one “bad thing” about my day, doesn’t ruin the rest but I’m learning that it is easier said than done. I feel a lot better about my day if I just brush off the stress and useless worry and turn it into positivism and motivation!

Like today for instance, I took a lovely spill on some stairs today after lunch in front of some nice guys on campus. Classic move–right?? I was pretty shaken up, having hit my knees pretty hard and my stuff flew just about everywhere! But what can ya do, those things happen–A LOT and thankfully those guys didn’t point and laugh (like that one time I remember so well in high school) instead, they helped me gather my things and we joked about how slippery the ground was and walked back to our dorms together. I still felt just as much embarrassment as any other public fall, but I didn’t let it ruin my day! I got my work done for the day and went for a jog after dinner to cool myself off. It was a much needed run tonight, it gave me time to tune out with some music and listen to my body respond to a solid hour of hard work.  It’s nice that we changed the clocks because I was able to watch the sun set behind the canyon as I ran too! (I took the featured image!)I noticed how fresh and crisp the air is out here too; I feel so lucky to go to school in a wilderness park, it’s not the norm here in Southern CA to see lil bunnies hoppin around and the stars at night. Now that I am done with my run though, I feel like my feet are super tight and achy… that makes me a little nervous because I’m at about 4-5 miles per run right now and it’s going to take some serious hard work to bump that up to 13 in the next 11 months. I hope my feet can handle it. At this rate, it’s not going to be fun and I’m very skeptical. Not of my mental ability, but my physical ability to complete a half marathon run. I’m hoping these new running shoes I got will help ease the stress!

So yep, there’s a definite mix of emotions going on in my head right now…

Hoping the rest if my week will go a lil smoother, how about you, TeenCP friends? Any yucky Monday blues that need ridding of? Comment if you’d like to share!

-Katy

I AM PWD & a fun run!

Hi Guys!

Believe it or not, I’ve been writing a ton! I am taking a poetry workshop class and being exposed to some very interesting topics and poets (to say the least) Its an awesome class, and I am learning so much about my own writing and how to read poetry.

It doesnt feel like it, but it has already been a whole week since the I AM PWD  campaign (see resources). I have been meaning to get on here, but I guess its better late than never! It was a great event though, I was glad to be a part of the action and see what they are all about. It was really cool to hear what everyone had to say and really see how passionate the speakers and supporters of the campaign are about integrating people with disabilities into the entertainment world. Although I could never really see myself as an actress or anything, it was still awesome to see how people like RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad) feel confident and proud to represent people with disabilities who aspire to break the norm and act/sing ect…What I took away from the whole experience is that disability truly is diversity! It is the hope of everyone at I AM PWD that this message will become louder and clearer as time progresses. Awesome!

I went for a nice jog today, it was such a beautiful morning at the beach, I felt so alive! This is a pic I took up above this post. It was one of those mornings where you just feel like you could run a marathon…runners high, perhaps? :p I haven’t been doing a ton of cardio lately but I felt great today…and that was empowering in itself! If you don’t normally see yourself going for walks or jogs, or even just get outside much take a moment for yourself. I think you may be pleasantly surprised. 🙂

Off to write some more…good thing I like to write haha

Take care.

-Katy

Me (Katy) with RJ Mitte, a CP star!