(MINOT, ND) – Health Center ñ Medical Arts, an outpatient facility of Trinity Health, will host an Easter Egg Hunt for clinic patients and employees on Friday, March 23. The event is planned in observance of National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month in March.
Carla Pease, AGPCNP-BC, a nurse practitioner who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP) at the age of three, organizes the event each year. She says the idea originated from a Shriners Hospitals initiative stressing the importance of movement.
‘The Shriners’ ëMove It’ campaign was a way to explore mobility,’ Pease said. ‘You don’t have to run a 10K to show your mobility. You can do something simple like get up and search for an egg. By raising awareness we’re showing that people with CP can get an education, be employed and have fun in life.’
CP is a group of disorders that affects muscle tone, movement and motor skills. The exact cause is often unknown, but many cases are the result of problems during pregnancy in which the brain is either damaged or doesn’t develop normally.
Pease has overcome numerous obstacles in her own life, including over 20 foot surgeries and being turned down several times before being accepted into nursing school.
The Easter Egg Hunt will go on during regular business hours throughout the Health Center ñ Medical Arts facility. Prizes will be awarded, and volunteers will offer information about CP.