IAmA man with cerebral palsy who will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on Feb 9th to help others with cerebral palsy.
My name is Phil Berenz and I am one of the Co-Founders of Climb for Cerebral Palsy(www.climbforcp.com)
Climb for Cerebral Palsy is a charity climb that will take place on February 9th. Three of my friends and me will be climbing the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro in an effort to raise $30,000 for a local Boston non-profit; United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston. United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston is a non-profit that provides services to people with cerebral palsy and similar disabilities that allow them to live a healthier and more independent life.
I know firsthand how it feels to live a life with a physical disability. I was born two and half months premature and due to complications at birth I suffered hypoxia. It wasn’t until I was eighteen months old that I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. My cerebral palsy affects the right side of my body, mainly my right leg. If I summit Mount Kilimanjaro I will be the third person with cerebral palsy to climb Mount Kilimanjaro unassisted. This cause is important to me because if I did not receive services as a kid, similar to the services that UCP of MetroBoston provides, I wouldn’t physically be able to hike Mount Kilimanjaro.
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