Local College Student Wins Awards
A Mother's Tribute to her Son with Cerebral Palsy
Solano College sophomore Catalina Rodriguez has grown up faster than the average student. The Winters resident was still in high school when her 18 month-old son succumbed to complications from cerebral palsy. Despite her heart-wrenching loss, Rodriguez channeled her energies into preserving the memory of her son, and is now an award-winning advocate, working diligently with United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Sacramento and Northern California. She has received numerous awards, including the 2011 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy by the Association of Fundraising Professionals California Capital Chapter and the Youth Volunteer Spirit Award from the Volunteer Center of Sacramento, to name a couple. “We are so proud of this incredible mom, whose love for her son shines through everything she does,” says UCP President and CEO Doug Berman.
Rodriguez spent her 12th grade school year raising money for UCP as her senior project, devoting more than 300 hours to garage sales, car washes and other activities. She also paired up with First Northern Bank in Winters, which resulted in numerous customer donations, each marked with a paper heart. In total, this super woman raised $7,800 for United Cerebral Palsy of Sacramento and Northern California, which “empowers people with all developmental disabilities to live life without limits.” Find out more about this invaluable organization’s programs and services at www.ucpsacto.org.