I write to let your readers know of the wonderful work of United Cerebral Palsy and to share with our friends a tender moment in our family.
As many of you may know, July 11 marks one year since our son Abhidev’s suffering ended and a new journey began for him in a better place. Some of you may have had the privilege to meet him and know how special and wonderful his spirit was. He was a brave little boy who put up a strong fight. In his short time with us, he showed us a light that otherwise would have remained dark.
Many of us live a privileged life — we have health in our corner. We are able to think, dress and feed ourselves, go to work, easily communicate with others and make a living. We should take pride in our work and be humbled by our abilities, for there are many whose health is compromised and whose lives are a struggle.
United Cerebral Palsy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that advocates for children and adults with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Despite its name, 80 percent of the disabilities UCP helps with are not related to cerebral palsy. UCP also helps patients with Down syndrome, autism, developmental delay and neurosensory defects, among others.
The San Joaquin, Calaveras & Amador County chapter of UCP provides services to more than 2,000 individuals and their families. Readers may learn more about this wonderful group at www.ucpsj.org.
After much thought, I have decided to remember Abhi’s passing by donating 100 percent of my earnings from my practice on July 11 to our local chapter of UCP. This contribution will go to therapy, equipment and services specifically for children with disabilities.
I do not presume that others should follow suit. I only want to recommend the local UCP chapter as a charity worthy of consideration when people seek to help others.
We hope that on July 11, you will take a moment to remember Abhi and his spirit. It should also be a day to remember all children with disabilities, and consider what each of us can do so that they may live a life without limits.
Dr. Miraj Sanghvi
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon