Written by: Lauren Luckie
United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile is happy to present the #UCPSpotlight Series. Each month we will be featuring clients, staff, board members, volunteers and programs! There are no shortage of incredible stories from our organization and we are proud to share some of them with you.
Introducing Sarah Sumrall, a member of UCP’s Board of Directors. Sarah has been a member of the board since the start of 2020. For the last 17 years, Sarah has been employed at Crowne Health Care of Mobile. She acts as their Social Services Designee, making her an important advocate for the residents and their families.
Sarah is a Mobile, Ala. Native, having attended Baker High School, Faulkner State Community College (now Alabama Coastal Community College), and the University of Mobile. When she is not at work, she enjoys time with her husband and their rescue dog, Gail.
Fitting with March being National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, Sarah opened up a bit about her own experience having cerebral palsy. “I’m blessed to have a mild case [of cerebral palsy] on my left side. I’ve never considered myself disabled and my CP only has small impacts on my daily life. CP has helped me have empathy for others.” When addressing one of the biggest misconceptions about cerebral palsy, Sarah said, “People often misconstrue CP as always affecting a person’s cognitive abilities, but it often does not.” CP has gotten Sarah to find a few creative work-arounds for some everyday tasks. “For example, I can tie my shoes with one hand,” Sarah says.
How did Sarah’s path lead her to her current involvement with UCP of Mobile? “I interned with UCP my senior year at the University of Mobile,” she mentioned. Having that experience under her belt, Sarah was later invited to become more involved with the organization by close, personal friends. “UCP has done an excellent job given the challenges [of COVID-19]. We’ve aggressively promoted our fundraisers, which reduced the unavoidable drop in fundraising and made sure our mission continued.”
As our community slowly starts to open back up, Sarah expressed her excitement about getting more personally involved with the mission of UCP: promoting the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. When asked about something she was surprised to learn about UCP as a board member, Sarah stated “the many ways UCP is involved in the community, such as the electronics recycling program.”
Thank you, Sarah, for opening up to us about your story! Please look forward to more features like this each month. If you or a family member would like to share your experience with our organization, please contact us at 251-479-4900.