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Sunday, July 21, 2019

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Annual Cerebral Palsy Telethon this weekend

Annual Cerebral Palsy Telethon this weekend

This year’s poster representative is Kahle Williams of Lockport. Kahle is the son of David Williams and David Shows. He is a fun-loving, easy-going child who enjoys visits to the zoo and watching movies.

Each year dozens of volunteers, performers and residents in lower Lafourche Parish pull together to raise funds for Cerebral Palsy of Louisiana. Last year the area raised roughly $73,000 to support the organization that gives back to individuals affected by CP, the most prevalent life long disability in the United States.

“Each year our organization holds five telethons throughout the state to raise funds. The telethons in Cut Off and Houma bring in the largest amount of donations,” Kathy Arceneaux, Cerebral Palsy of Louisiana Production Assistant said.

Cerebral Palsy can impair the ability to walk, talk, see, hear, move, community and learn. For individuals with one or more of these impairments it means a life filled with barriers. Cerebral Palsy of Louisiana is a volunteer based agency that helps those individuals with the purchase of wheelchairs, walkers, braces, communication devises, prescriptions, therapy and much more.

“More than 40 years ago my wife Thelma and I got involved with the local event,” said Telethon Chairman Lindo Terrebonne. “After seeing hundreds of thousands of funds raised and donated to the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation with only a small portion of those funds being used on Louisiana residents, we decided to change gears and become part of the Cerebral Palsy of Louisiana organization,” he said.

This year’s poster representative is Kahle Williams of Lockport. He is the son of David Williams and David Shows. Kahle is a very easy-going, fun-loving child who enjoys visiting the zoo and watching movies.

People in Louisiana with CP can apply for assistance and receive up to $2,000 per year for items needed. There is neither financial nor age discrimination against applicants and there is no cap on the amount of recipients that can be helped.

Volunteers are still needed to answer phones. For more information about Cerebral Palsy of Louisiana or the upcoming telethon, calls can be directed to Kathy Arceneaux at 1-800-375-8275.

“We definitely need volunteers to man the phones for Saturday from 4 to 10 and Sunday from 12 to 2. Anyone wanting to volunteer is encouraged to do so. Just call me at the 800 number and if I’m unavailable leave a message and I will definitely return the call,” Arceneaux said.

The telethon will be held Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25 at the Cut Off Youth Center with a live webcast that can be seen at as well as on Vision Communications’ Channel 5. Donations can be called in during the telethon or made online.  The telethon is open to the public and attendees can drop a $25 donation into the fish bowl to receive a t-shirt.

Broadcast hours are from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Performances will include the Bayou Bell Ringers who will open the show, SLHS cheerleaders, soloists Faye Jones and Jena Guidry, and the Blue Eyed Soul Revue, among others.

“We are hoping the community will once again pull together to support this great organization,” Terrebonne said.