Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation
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Become a Monthly Donor

Monthly donations are the easiest way for you to help researchers find ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cerebral palsy.

With your support, we can target the most promising research areas to get the answers we need to find a prevention and cure for cerebral palsy.

It also enables us to continue vital research through our Grants program, which has funded more than 90 projects across the world.

Every dollar you donate counts. And the more research we can do, the sooner we can prevent and cure cerebral palsy.

Donate monthly

Your monthly donation will help:

  • Find prevention strategies and one day a cure
  • Identify causes of cerebral palsy
  • Reduce the risk of cerebral palsy in pre-term babies
  • Improve interventions and therapies to make daily life easier for people with cerebral palsy
  • Improve outcomes for future generations

As a supporter you are improving the lives of children like 4 year old Max.

Max was born with severe cerebral palsy. It affects his arms, legs and head control.

He needs assistance 24 hours a day, is often in pain, and needs help with many aspects of his life – eating, siting up, walking, talking, learning and playtime.

To do just about everything in his life, Max relies on specialised equipment and regular intensive therapy sessions.

Whether it is specialised equipment or accessing a range of early intervention options, Max and his family are benefiting every day from the knowledge gained from cerebral palsy research.


He needs assistance 24 hours a day, is often in pain, and needs help with many aspects of his life – eating, siting up, walking, talking, learning and playtime.


Improvements in technology and equipment made possible by research can give children like Max the opportunity to improve their independence.

Among the equipment Max uses is a customised chair that allows him to play with his big brother at eye level (instead of being on the floor), sit at the dinner table, go out for a meal and socialise with family and friends.

He has also received BOTOX® and a second skin (it’s like a corset that provides stability to his torso) that supports him and means that his eating has improved and can better use his arms and hands.

Max has started drinking from a cup, and for the first time is now feeding himself finger food. He’s also learnt to use the muscles he needs to sit unaided on the floor for 5 minutes and stand in a special frame for up to 30 minutes.

Max and his family have also participated in Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s CP Check-Up program which regularly reviews children to help identify areas requiring attention. This program is helping the family understand Max’s abilities and plan for his future.

They’re now working on communication technology options for Max and also trialing a power chair.

‘Our family is grateful for the generosity of people who support cerebral palsy research. Their support gives us hope that answers will be found and that we can maximise our little boy’s potential. Thank you.’

Fiona Keary