By Lee Vander Loop
What an exciting milestone! As an editor of the Cerebral Palsy Family Network, I’m honored to write this blog to commemorate this anniversary and reflect on this past decade and what it has meant to me to be a part of this wonderful organization.
Before starting, I want to take this opportunity to thank all the founding families that make the CP Family Network possible. Without their unselfish contribution and support, we would not have this amazing resource for families.
To our families around the world, thank you for sharing your stories and your amazing Hero’s with us! You are the reason our network is the largest web-based organization in the world! You are the reason we exist.
In writing this, I was asked what, personally, were some highlights of the past 10 years of my role with CPFN.
More Than a Community, We Are Family
First and foremost, the highlight for me has been meeting and interacting with all the remarkable families that make up the CP Family Network. I’m in awe of what CPFN has become. Every day is a ‘highlight’ for me as I experience the daily joy of reading all the comments of love and support among our families. I have the honor of assisting families in their search for information and the pleasure of viewing the photos of all our inspiring and courageous Heroes.
Another unequivocal highlight through the years would be the outpouring of love, support and kind words I received from this community, after the passing of our precious Danielle. Thank you. Your thoughtfulness gave me strength and comfort and will forever be remembered.
When our daughter was born with CP my resources for information consisted of a book on anatomy and physiology and the Yellow Pages phone directory. Home computers hadn’t yet evolved and I was lost.
It’s Our Purpose to Serve You and Your Children
When I was approached by CPFN to join their team, it was an honor. Our partnership has provided me an opportunity to save other families from the frustrations I faced in my search for answers. Being editor of CPFN has enabled me to help other families acquire the information, network and support needed to empower them in caring for their children with CP.
CPFN’s quest has always been to unite families with the common goal of helping to improve the lives of children with cerebral palsy. My vision as Editor has become a reality! CPFN has grown to encompass families the world over, sharing their knowledge, stories and support.
I’m so proud and honored to be a part of this family!
Thank you for 10 Great Years!