Cerebral Palsy Center programs in jeopardy

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Programs offered by the Cerebral Palsy Center in Knoxville are in jeopardy due to state funding cuts topped off by a shortfall in donations and local funding.

Leaders at the center have taken to publicly appealing for contributions to the 58-year-old center that offers services such as job development to more than 300 people affected by the conditions.

Executive director Bob Sexton told the Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/VltbIS) that he has already cut administrative spending. In addition, he has reached out to local business leaders who helped him arrange for a $40,000 loan to help the center operate while contributions are raised.

Sexton says around $300,000 is needed to make sure the center is financially stable.

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