#UCPSpotlight – Nate Staton

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 Nate Staton, a former client of UCP’s Early Intervention (EI) program. Nate was diagnosed with spastic diplegic Cerebral Palsy after his first birthday. When Nate’s mother Elizabeth was pregnant with Nate she was in a car accident. After being trapped in the car for 45 minutes and taken to the hospital, it was discovered she had a complete placental abruption. Elizabeth says, “Nate was born in the emergency room at Sacred Heart as soon as they saw what happened on the sonogram. He had a grade 2 brain bleed and 102 day NICU stay before he came home to us.” He left the hospital diagnosed with a chronic lung disease as well as a feeding tube.

Nate and his family learned of UCP through our Early Intervention program. After working with the EI program for 3 years, Nate hit milestone after milestone progressing through the program. “We weaned him from his G-Tube, that was the biggest accomplishment,” Elizabeth says of Nate’s achievements while in the EI program, “Eating by mouth, however, transformed his life. It allowed him to really excel toward all his other physical and occupational therapy goals.”

While Elizabeth says it was very difficult in the beginning, the EI staff was able to help guide them through the process. When discussing the experience that comes to mind when she thinks about their time with UCP she says, “Sitting on the floor with each therapist and talking and planning how to get through the first few years. It was nice to have someone to talk to that had been around other children and families with special needs.”

Nate’s parents, Elizabeth and Lance, have done everything they could to make Nate’s future as bright as possible. “Our hope is to put the work in early for the best lifelong outcomes for Nate. Our biggest trial definitely became our purpose.” Elizabeth says Nate is stubborn and that is an important factor in him taking on the challenges he’s faced. “I know his drive and ability to dig his heels in will be what carries him to infinity and beyond.” Nate has now not only graduated from his G-Tube, but has even beaten his chronic lung disease, “He also has triumphed through his lung disease and can hold his breath longer than most adults!” Elizabeth knows her son has an impact on everyone he meets, “We know Nate will change the world. He already has. He inspires every person he meets.”

Thank you, Elizabeth and Lance, for opening up to us about your family’s 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.

June 2-4, 2021

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Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

Names from left to right
Standing:  Oliver, Clemmie, Luke, Kalan, Alex
Sitting: Olivia, Sincere, Emmie & Riker

Please join us in congratulating our 2021 Preschool Graduates. We are so proud of the growth they have achieved during their time at UCP. They are going to go on to do amazing things!

Teacher Appreciation Week

This week at UCP we are celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week! We’d like to thank our teachers Chloe, Gabby, Janet, and Marcia for all the vital work they do with our preschoolers. In a year with many challenges they adapted and overcame these obstacles to provide an excellent learning experience for their students. That dedication and hard work is admirable and greatly appreciated!

Thank you Williams!

UCP of Mobile would like to thank our local Williams office for their donation of cleaning supplies to the Mobile offices. These supplies are invaluable in keeping our offices sanitized and our clients safe! UCP greatly appreciates this donation and everything our local Williams office does for UCP.

#UCPSpotlight – Ginny and Seth McKinley

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.

Ginny McKinley is a familiar face for many people acquainted with United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile. Ginny is UCP’s resident “T-Shirt Expert ” and runs United Cerebral Palsy’s Casual Day Program, one of UCP’s largest fundraising efforts. “Casual Day is a t-shirt fundraiser throughout the city that helps to fund programs for individuals with disabilities from birth through adulthood. Offices collect orders from their employees and allow them to have a “casual day” where they wear their casual day shirt to work to show support of United Cerebral Palsy and their mission of Life Without Limits,” says Ginny of her program. 

Ginny has been an employee of UCP’s for over 6 years, but her involvement with the organization goes back more than 25 years, when her son Seth entered UCP’s Preschool Program at the age of three. When asked about Seth’s diagnosis, Ginny said, “Seth was diagnosed at the age of two-and-a-half with PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder) which is now classified as Autism.”

Prior to attending UCP Preschool, Seth had attended Easter Seals Play Therapy. It was here that he was referred to UCP’s Preschool at the age of three. When Seth attended Preschool, his autism made it difficult for him to sit still during classroom circle time. “Keri Drew was his teacher and used a little red car as his chair,” Ginny mentions of Preschool’s solution to this problem. In addition to attending preschool, Seth received Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and as an adult attended the Adult Day Program.

The way that Autism is experienced by the individual is as unique as the person with the diagnosis. Seth happens to be nonverbal, but he began communicating through typing at the age of 13 and later began writing to express himself. When asked about what his disability means for him and his life, Seth writes, “My disability is difficult to sum up. My inability to talk hinders my entire life. People don’t understand that I am intelligent and I am not the person they perceive me to be. Autism is a life that affects the entire family. Nothing is typical.” For Seth, some of his greatest challenges manifest in the way that he sees his Autism. “Autism is a monumental disorder, we seem lost but we are just trapped like fog in the morning, trapped between places, mist and water. Autism is like that, trapped between what we are and what we are supposed to be.” Seth says. As for things he enjoys, “My favorite things are all things Disney, Disney World, Disney movies, Disney books, Disney music. I love movies but mostly animated ones,” Seth said. 

For UCP, the story of Seth and Ginny is one that is encountered a lot – the introduction to one of our programs that begins a lifelong relationship between UCP and an individual person. “Ever since Seth was in preschool at age 3, I have wanted to work for UCP. As an organization, UCP makes such a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities and I wanted to be a part of that in any capacity,” said Ginny. As for Seth, “I am proud to be a part of my Mom’s homework.” 

Thank you, Ginny and Seth, for so bravely opening up to us about your story. The experiences of those with Autism and their families can be difficult, but we know your story helps those with similar experiences in knowing they are not alone. Given that April is Autism Awareness Month, we encourage readers to seek out more resources of individuals with Autism talking about their experiences. 


Please look forward to more features like this each month. And to make sure you don’t miss out on next month’s #UCPSpotlight, sign up for our newsletter HERE. If you or a family member would like to share your experience with our organization, please contact us at 251-479-4900.

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#UCPSpotlight – Sarah Sumrall

Written by: Lauren Luckie

Sarah and her husband Dennis enjoying the company of their rescue dog, Gail.

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.

Let the Good Times Roll in 2021

UCP is once again planning to celebrate Mardi Gras in style! Purchase a UCP Mardi Gras Tee or a Mardi Gras Mask. COVID may have changed the way we celebrate this year, but we hope to keep the spirit alive with this fun and festive Mardi Gras gear!

Stay safe in style by purchasing one of our Mardi Gras Masks. This mask boasts many Mobile Mardi Gras staples!
UCP’s “Mask Up and Let the Good Times Roll” Tees are the perfect thing to commemorate the 2021 Mardi Gras season. Available in three unique colors, two brands, and different sleeve sizes, there is sure to be something for everyone.
UCP is selling Mardi Gras Flags for your homes and businesses. Flags are available in three unique sizes:
1.) Garden Flag, 2.) 3′ x 5′ Flag (both a sleeve and grommet option available), 3.) Banner Flag 5′ x 9′. This flag encompasses many Mobile Mardi Gras Traditions. Chief Slacabamorinico and Folly lean against a cowbell emblazoned with the logo of Mobile’s first ever parading society, the Cowbellion de Rakin Society. In the corner, a Moonpied logo is embedded in the classic UCP swoosh!

2021 Super Bowl Butts & Ribs Sale

Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner. Make the celebration easier and order your game-day feast ahead of time. UCP is teaming up with award-winning Wild Bunch Butt Burners Cooking Team for our Butts and Ribs sale! Boston Butt and Racks of Ribs will be prepared ahead of time and packed for easy reheating. The deadline to order is February 1st so make sure to get your order in today! Visit the link below to put in your order and if you have any questions call (251) 479-4900.