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Cerebral Palsy Strong

Navigating the everyday, just a little differently—a space for young adults with CP to connect, find support, and build community. Join us & support our second annual CP Social! #cpstrong

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Cerebral Palsy Strong is hosting the following events.

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Top financial contributors


Nathan Schneider

$50 USD since Mar 2020

Phillip Berenz

$25 USD since Mar 2020

Cody Raskin

$20 USD since May 2022

Ashley Williams

$10 USD since Mar 2021


$5 USD since Mar 2021

Jesica Criswell

$5 USD since Apr 2022

Cindy Fischer

$5 USD since Apr 2022


Arc'teryx Equipment

$1,800 USD since Jan 2022

Cerebral Palsy Alliance

$994 USD since Jan 2020

Cerebral Palsy Strong

$352 USD since Feb 2020

Cerebral Palsy Strong is all of us

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Thank you for supporting Cerebral Palsy Strong.

Katy (Fetters...

Founder of Cerebral Palsy Strong

Cerebral Pals...

$994 USD

2019 World CP Day Merit Award for holding a suc...

Cerebral Pals...

$352 USD

Remaining funds raised for our CP Social in 2019!

Cody Raskin

$20 USD

Ashley Williams

$10 USD


$5 USD


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-$29.00 USD
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-$19.99 USD
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Today’s balance

$1,429.85 USD

Total raised

$2,950.19 USD

Total disbursed

$1,520.34 USD

Estimated annual budget

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News from Cerebral Palsy Strong

Updates on our activities and progress.

What's Update: Closing out 2023 & Starting Fresh

It's that time of year again where reflection becomes necessary.... TL;DR: we're hoping to get more out of our collective and learn more about this platform in 2024 because as of January 31, I'll be officially transitioning out of my full-t...
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Published on December 20, 2023 by Katy (Fetters) Gaastra

Looking Back, Peering Ahead

Hello Cerebral Palsy Strong! Here's a brief note reflecting on our challenges, celebrating our progress, and probing into the future of our org. 2022 Earlier this year, we hosted our second CP Social event — a gathering for...
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Published on December 21, 2022 by Katy (Fetters) Gaastra

Progress — Not Perfection

Hi everyone — our generous contributors, donors, new visitors and friends of CPstrong.... As you might've noticed, we took a long pause during the pandemic. It feels okay to be honest here — sharing stories, raising funds and getting togeth...
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Published on March 26, 2022 by Katy (Fetters) Gaastra



My name is Katy (Fetters) Gaastra, I am a disability community organizer and I call upon all those who are #cpstrong.

Cerebral Palsy Strong exists as a collective of young adults with a physical disability who've found that we need greater social & emotional support to navigate through life, careers, and relationships amid the challenges that come along with CP. In a world that emphasizes a return to "normalcy", we realize there is no overcoming lifelong disability. And so, we must learn to live and grow up with CP despite this expectation. Our growing community—online and offline—allows space for us to narrate this dynamic experience. 

Brief History & Goals

Disability has been with us our whole lives, but we've been online since 2009. First as TeenCP— an early blog that connected us all far and wide. And later, in 2017 we evolved this effort into CPstrong as a platform to share stories on social media from individuals with CP. Our hashtag, #cpstrong continues to fuel our collective online identity, disabled representation, and creates a network of support for our peers as we've entered adulthood. 

In 2019, we organized our very first CP Social, a live gathering for the purpose of community-building and socializing. In order to have the capacity to host future events, it is our objective to develop a long-lasting organization for people with CP, by people with CP with funds raised here. Katy will lead all administrative and operating duties as founder, which includes being reasonably compensated for her time and reimbursed for recurring expenses that keep CPstrong active.

While our funding priorities may evolve, our vision remains clear: to foster community and belonging as we build a network of support for our peers. It is our promise to use this platform to carry out this vision however we can, where ever people with CP are. More to come as we work to clarify our goals in 2020 2022*.

Fundraising Priorities

Our Fundraising Priorities
1) Our Annual CP Social in 2020 2022
2) Quarterly Mini-Meetups
3) #cpstrong Merchandise Production Expansion
4) Online Presence Maintenance
5) Administrative Fee

View our proposed annual budget here.

As a member or one-time sponsor, your belief in our cause means so much to so many. I hope you'll join us any way you can!
*As you might've noticed, we took a long pause during the pandemic. It feels okay to be honest here — raising funds during the pandemic didn't feel like a priority; but now, exactly two years later and equipped with grant funds from Arc'Teryx, we're ready to revisit our goals and move forward with our plans to host our next CP Social and expand our reach through mini-meetups and merch production. 

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Katy (Fetters...

Founder of Cerebral Palsy Strong