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Helping kids with cerebral palsy BFit

Helping kids with cerebral palsy BFit

About the program

An individually mentored afterschool exercise program for children with cerebral palsy (CP), the BFit power-based exercise program is designed to facilitate recreational opportunities and physical fitness for children with CP – an often neglected but critical part of maintaining and determining lifelong health and well-being for this population.

Slated to begin in the fall of 2021 or spring of 2022, BFit will bring Shriners Hospitals for Children physical therapists, rehabilitation aides, volunteer coaches and children with CP together for hour-long sessions twice weekly for 12 weeks, twice per year.

Because it’s important for all children to feel comfortable in gym/fitness/recreational settings, BFit sessions will be held off hospital grounds. We are currently seeking a partnership with the easily accessible Kroc Center of Greenville. Additionally, we hope to facilitate a BFit cycling club on the Swamp Rabbit Trail next to the Kroc, and expand to a swim for fitness program in the pool.


Three times per year for the past five years, Shiners Hospitals for Children — Springfield has hosted BFit at their facility. When the founder of the CP Now Foundation noticed a lack of programming for children with CP in Greenville after searching for opportunities for her own daughter who has CP, she approached our rehabilitation department about starting a program locally. She was aware of Springfield’s program and suggested we adopt BFit at out hospital as well.


The BFit power-based exercise program provides an essential opportunity for children with disabilities to engage in socialization and physical activity. However, this program is not reimbursed through insurance. Philanthropy will ensure BFit is available to all patients, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Consistent funding is necessary to ensure patients at the Greenville Shriners Hospital receive access to life-changing programs like the Bfit power-based exercise program, which has an estimated program cost of $38,000 annually.