As a long term employee of UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago and member of Bulldog Bootcamp & CrossFit, I consider both places to be like extended family. They already come together every Saturday for Special Olympics Powerlifting practice, and every holiday season for the Secret Santa donation program, so it seemed like a natural fit to organize a fundraiser hosted at Bulldog.
UCP Seguin and Bulldog have a lot in common. They both teach patience, endurance, and the benefits of perseverance. They teach you to set goals, cheer each other on, and encourage your friends to finish no matter how long it takes or how hard it is.
Erika Winston--Bulldog Member and United Cerebral Palsy Seguin of Greater Chicago Director of Clinical Services
Every person has dreams and desires for a full and joyful life. We all hope for happiness that is a result of working toward achievable goals and making progress as we strive to better our lives. Debra is just like all of us in that way. She has faced a hardship that most of us do not face though—Deb has a developmental disability. In addition, Deb has faced challenges with social interactions as well as weight-related health concerns. Life had been very hard for Deb…until she came to UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago.
Prior to coming to live and work with UCP Seguin, Deb was served at other agencies, but these situations did not work out. As a result, Deb decided to come to UCP Seguin. UCP Seguin’s staff members have consistently worked with Deb and instructed her in all areas of her life. They have shown her that she can make wise choices regarding her actions, her health and in her relationships with others.
As a result, Deb has developed new friendships at UCP Seguin and in the community. In addition, Deb now enjoys choosing to eat more fruits and vegetables and drinks more water. Along with the changes to her diet, Deb has learned to exercise by regularly attending Bulldog Bootcamp & CrossFit with a group of friends and working out at home. She has done this so she could lose weight and has she lost weight – she lost over 220 pounds in the past decade! This has made Deb rightfully proud of herself. She has accomplished important goals through consistent personal efforts. Most importantly, Deb has developed a happy, joyful attitude.
Erika Winston, Director of Clinical Services at UCP Seguin and Deb’s Bulldog coach, said, “Debbie had to adjust to using the gym and the physical demands of working out. Once she began reaping its benefits, she learned she enjoyed a healthier lifestyle. What is most striking to me is that Debbie has learned HOW to work out and DESIRES to work out routinely. She started exercising once a week at Bulldog. Now, she continues to work out at Bulldog and she uses her own exercise videos at home, attends Zumba classes at UCP Seguin, and does additional sit-ups on her own at home. She is proud of how much she has achieved, and it is great to see her so happy.”Today, with the help of UCP Seguin, Deb is living a “Life without Limits” for people with disabilities. By participating in “Raising the Bar for UCP Seguin”, you would help us make dreams come true for Deb and other individuals with disabilities too by donating generously today!