Parallel London: The World’s first disability-led mass participation run event

For everyone, getting up and going to the gym can be a difficult task. We make excuses, we don’t have time, we don’t have the energy, or we just don’t like it. But being active is the healthiest way for us as humans to get more energy and to be able to do more! Physical activity is really important and can be really fun.

Struggling with CP or any disability can be an easy way to rule out physical activity in general. But that is why POPS provides scholarships to children to attend BOOST Camp and other programs to help them get up and move!

“A recent survey by Parallel London showed that 83% of disabled people would like to be more active and take part in more physical activity. But of these, 69% felt that they faced barriers in doing so.”

We want to help you push those barriers away and go for it! Walk or wheel your way to the finish line at Parallel London’s run, it seems difficult and daunting, but remember there will be people around the world supporting you and inspiring you! Or log on your computer and be the support team for your friends.

Wether you get the chance to participate in the Parallel London run or not, there are always some great training tips from these athletes. Check out what Sophie Morgan has to say:

“Sophie Morgan’s training tips

  1. Think about what you CAN do, not what you CAN’T do.
  2. Find a fitness routine that works for your body, no one else’s.
  3. Set yourself a weekly or monthly fitness goal and break it down into daily tasks.
  4. Put some of your favourite dance music on, it really will get you motivated!
  5. Eat healthy and balanced meals to compliment your exercise routine – you need the right fuel!”

Let’s get inspired together!


Read the full article here

Let’s be thankful for February

Let me just say that February was an awesome month. Yes, I know it is the month of love with Valentine’s Day and all, but this year we had some special moments for our work to help movement disability.

Let’s start with the Grammy’s and Stevie Wonder’s great joke “You can’t read it, you can’t read braille. Nananananana.” This was such a fun and strong request for equality. Everything should be accessible for everyone. The best part of Wonder’s joke was that it caused such a roar in the media, drawing attention of billions for the plea of understanding disabled people. We have to recognize the challenges that the disabled face on a daily basis and should not ever forget that basic tasks are not basic for everyone. And the Grammy’s was definitely a great place to bring that light to the world. Read More on Hollywood Life.

And after the Grammy’s we got this awesome new clothing line by Tommy Hilfiger that is easier to dress and use for children with movement disability. Definitely a great thing for some of our POPS Kids! Check out the shop. According to the brand’s website, the line is “a very special collection addressing the challenges the differently-abled community faces each day when getting dressed.” It was developed by Mindy Scheier in partnership with the Non-profit Runway of Dreams.

And New York Fashion week is taking a great step forward by having an entire catwalk of models with disabilities. The pictures are stunning. Daily Mail UK made an excellent article here. Hopefully Tommy Hilfiger can make that suit set soon!


Models took to the catwalk in wheelchairs at FTL Moda's AW15 show

Sky Ranch Foundation gives thanks for the holiday season!

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December 1 2015 –

Every day, countless citizens volunteer their time and effort assisting those in need. At this time of the year, it is especially time to give thanks to those worthy charitable organizations and their staff and volunteers, who unselfishly and often thanklessly devote their time. We therefore wish to recognize and thank the Foundation Executive Committee, Senior Advisory Committee and Directors of Sky Ranch Foundation ℠, all in the Beverage Alcohol Industry, for their years of dedicated service toward assisting in giving at-risk youth a second chance. Foundation grants total well over $1 million to-date.

Executive Committee of the Board and Vice Presidents: Peggy Donovan, Secretary (retired-Wirtz Beverage Group), Mike Donohoe, (retired-Jim Beam Distilling), Barry Becton, DIAGEO, John Bodnovich, American Beverage Licensees and Bill Slone, Beverage Media Group.

George Suttles, Foundation Officer and Dori Bryant, Director of Partnership Development earn our thanks as well.
Senior Advisory Committee members: Steve Bellini, Sidney Frank Importing Co., Dr. Peter Cressy, Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. (DISCUS), Bill Earle, National Association of Beverage Importers (NABI), Raymond R. Herrmann, Jr., Charmer-Sunbelt Group, Gerry Ruvo, Campari America and Craig Wolf, Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA).

Directors: Tim Condron, Agave Loco, Donna Hood Crecca, Technomic Inc., Don Pydo, Wirtz Beverage Group, Aura Reinhardt, Bacardi, Jack Shea, Pernod Ricard USA, Jody Slone-Spitalnik, Beverage Media Group and Suzanne Riga, Greens Beverages (retired).

We encourage everyone to get involved and to lend support to Sky Ranch Foundation and the recipients of 2015 grants:

Boys and Girls Club of Rosebud, SD

Boys’ & Girls’ Towns of Italy, NY

Boys and Girls Haven, KY

Pacific Lodge Youth Services, CA

Peninsula Outreach Programs Inc. Conductive Education Centers of California (POPS Kids), CA

Club for Boys Foundation, SD

Red Hook Initiative, NY

‘sacred’ Sexually Abused Children Relief Endeavor, KS

SOS Childrens’ Villages, IL

Urban Initiatives, IL

Wounded Warriors Family Support, NE (in association with DISCUS)


With your support, know that countless young adults are enjoying the Holidays!


George F. McCarthy, Chairman

Ralph Aguera, President


About Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ and Sky Ranch For Boys ®

Since 2011, the Foundation ℠ has awarded $1,117,394 in grants to organizations providing support for at-risk youth. Formed in 1961 and building on more than 50 years of tradition, Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ is a tax-exempt charitable organization committed to identifying and offering grants to efficient and effective programs focused on improving the quality of help available to these youth.

Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ is governed by a board of directors comprised mainly of active and retired members of the beverage alcohol industry. The Foundation’s ℠ funds have come largely from individuals and companies associated with the beer, wine and spirits industries and reflects the industry’s great concern and commitment for at-risk youth. ℠

Happy STEPtember

Thank you so much for extraordinary support of the steps taken for BOOST through STEPtember. Team BOOST raised $6,885 with online and offline donations. I stepped with Sam’s mom (Isis), Joseph’s mom (Crystal), and Royce’s mom (Jennifer) and together we raised funds and awareness for BOOST and UCP of the North Bay. — Katie

Lovely photos from Boost Camp


41,802,141 Steps in STEPtember!

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Part of UCP’s Commitment to Wellness, STEPtember challenges people worldwide to take 10,000 steps per day while raising funds – and awareness – for people with disabilities.

Thank you to our corporate Partner Summit State Bank for helping UCP of the North Bay to take over 41 million steps during the month of STEPtember! Summit State Bank sponsored 14 teams representing branches from Petaluma to Cloverdale. Together we raised over $11,000 for people with disabilities in our community. Here is UCP of the North Bay employees Kim, thanking Summit team members Melissa, Charlene, and Lily.

Get Your Groove on at the CECO Social!


Register to attend the Conductive Education Center of Orlando’s event on November 5:

From the team at CECO,

“Since 2001, CECO has been providing hope for families that have been searching for the place where the impossible IS possible. CECO offers a special needs school day kindergarten through 12th grade, summer camp, early intervention ages 6 months to 4 years old and walking challenge program.

Conductive Education is a unique, holistic educational approach to help children with Cerebral Palsy and other motor disabilities achieve their greatest level of independence through physical and cognitive activities.

We welcome families and our community friends to stop by and tour our facility…see how hard the children work on a daily basis to obtain their greatest potential.”

Just a month ago, Patrick continued to rely on the support of his canes to walk. Now look at him go! With your support, we can make the impossible, possible! Watch this great video of Patrick walking.

Boost Camp Graduation

The two BOOST Conductive Education winners are Sina Logoai, who did a lovely graduation Hawaiian dance with her sisters, and Lucas Stisher. A very big congratulations to our two reward recipients at the “Life without Limits” awards night. Wishing these bright stars an even brighter future!

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Here we have received such a cute video put together by Nicki Miller featuring Boost Camp! It will just bring you to tears; adorable!

Summer 2015 Newsletter

shapeimage_1 SUMMER 2015 NEWSLETTER

For many years “experts” considered a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy to be a losing battle. Enter Peninsula Outreach Programs. For over twenty years it has been our mission to help fund meaningful programs that will improve the quality of life for children and young adults living with C.P and other neuromotor disabilities.

What does “quality of life” look like when you or someone you love has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy? For many families, this has meant a unique struggle, one that requires working harder than most everyone you know. Thanks to the programs supported by POPSKIDS, it can also mean hope and a very particular brand of joy that comes in that moment of achieving a new personal best. POPSKIDS’ are battling for the Win!

One UCPNB/ BOOST Camp Mom tells the story ……

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For POPKIDS “Winning” looks like taking your premature twins home for the first time thanks in part, to funding toward an expanded, state of art, neo-natal care unit….

May 8, 2014 – Mr. Jon Guy, CFRE for St. Rose Dominican (Dignity Health) in Henderson, NV presented POPSKIDS and Ursula and Alan Miller with a dedication plaque for our support in the creation of a “nesting suite” to promote family bonding at the new Level II and III Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs).

The modern, comfortable Level III NICU features 26 NICU bays with the most advanced technology for monitoring sick and/or premature newborns while a caring, compassionate staff provides a full range of neonatal treatment for medically fragile infants.

Recent advances in neonatal care provide significant aid to prevent or minimize negative long term effects associated with premature births, improving physical functioning that may impact later development, including the development of healthy neuromotor skills.

June 17, 2015 – A “win” means the opportunity to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of our partnership with Executive Vice President and General Manger, Jack Brennan and the gang at Southern Wine & Spirits of Northern California

This sell out event included many long standing benefit sponsors along with a number of exciting new sponsors. A silent and a live auction were included for the first time, adding to the amazing success of the benefit. SW&S truly out did themselves. This year’s proceeds are expected to more than double the previous level of support to benefit POPKIDS.

Several of our former students returned to make the evening complete. Joe Pegueros started as one of
POPSKIDS first students in our Conductive Education program.
image2Joe is now a young man and an apparent master of sports trivia. “Winning” looks like Joe coming back to visit his old friends at SW&S, including a meet and greet with Warriors’ icon, Gary St. Jean and 49er Football’s legendary exec., Carmen Policy. Joe, now twenty-four years old, poignantly asked the full house not to forget about the older kids and young adults in need of continued programs.



Image: Joe and his parents with Ursula Miller at a SW&S event in 2002

Creighton Rochlin was three years old when he started at C.E. Boost Camp. Unable to walk, he was confined to a wheelchair. He is now fourteen years old, walking with the assistance of canes and attending

image3mainstream school. Despite his own determined accomplishments, Creighton humbly explained to the benefit audience that his take away win from Boost Camp was actually something that happened to his parents. “My Boost Camp experience allowed them to change their perspective about what I was cable of achieving.

Creighton is an avid history buff who aspires to study his way through the ancient cities of Europe.

Image: A young Creighton pictured with Jack Brennan


July 30, 2015 – Sinya does a “winning” hula dace from her wheelchair on graduation day at BOOST Camp’s summer Conductive Education program

Sinya will also be recognized for her achievements during Boost Camp at a special UCPNB awards ceremony held annually in August. POPSKIDS is a proud sponsor of the UCPNB “Life Without Limits” Recreation Academy


“Winning” can be bittersweet….

Dan and Nicki Miller have two young boys with C.P. Over the course of the 5 week Boost Camp program, other families may have witnessed their child experience a moment of “wow.” Nicki didn’t notice any particularly dramatic changes for her sons, Carson and Chase. What she seemed to notice might simplybe described as hope; a new sense of optimism coming alive with each small, consistent movement made day after day, allowing each of her sons the opportunity to work like “gangbusters” towards their own personal best.

Then, all too soon, Summer Boost Camp is over and it is back to the traditional Special Ed. While traditional classes can offer their own value to children with C.P., repetitive movement therapy such as that received through Conductive Education is unlikely to be part of the curriculum. A child faced with this current reality, may spend the majority of the school year “safely” secured to their chair.


For POPSKIDs, our partners and all of the families just like the Millers, “winning” looks exactly like our call to establish a year round Northern California School for Conductive Education. The hard work and determination of these children inspires us to move forward to make this dream a reality.