Easter Seals kicks off fundraising campaignWalk With Me campaign to culminate in October event at Baywood
Easter Seals of Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore recently kicked off a fundraising campaign to help children and adults with developmental, physical and mental disabilities.
Fundraising activities are centered around an event called Walk With Me, a handicapped-accessible, three-mile walk at Baywood Greens Golf Club in Long Neck, scheduled - rain or shine- for Sunday, Oct. 13.
The kickoff was centered on a carnival theme, complete with popcorn, balloons and door prizes at the Easter Seals offices in Georgetown, where organizers explained how the funds raised would help pay for assistive technology devices and the services of physical, occupational and speech therapists.
Easter Seals Community Relations Director Leslie Gale said she is currently in the process of signing up teams for the walk and looking for captains to help organize and build teams.
The registration fee is $20, and participants receive a T-shirt and refreshments at the event, while additional fundraising for the event is accomplished through collecting individual and team sponsorships for the walk.
"It's about creating awareness about Easter Seals with your friends, family and colleagues," Gale said.
Easter Seals Ambassador Cindy Starobynski participates in the adult day program at Easter Seals offices in Georgetown and is also serving as team captain for her team, which she has named Hot Wheels.
Born with spina bifida, Starobynski said she has not been able to walk since she was 5 years old. When she started at Easter Seals, the ambassador said she wanted to walk again.
Now, nearly 30 years since she took her last steps, the ambassador said she can walk short distances with a walker and has a better quality of life with the camaraderie she shares at Easter Seals.
"Within the word impossible is possible," she said. "So anything is possible if you keep at it."
Just last year, Easter Seals representative Ford Waggoner said the organization helped 601 children in Georgetown and 83 adults in the day program.
Across the peninsula, Waggoner said, Easter Seals served almost 2,000 residents last year, helping them overcome physical and mental disabilities to live more independent, fulfilling lives.
With more than $4,000 already raised for the Walk With Me campaign, Easter Seals Advisory Board member Milt Warren said he's optimistic about the fundraiser's success.
"Since we've already raised about half of our goal of $10,000, and this is just the kickoff," Warren said, "I don't see why we can't surpass that goal."
For more information about Easter Seals of Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore, the Walk With Me fundraiser or to sign up for the event, go to wwm.easterseals.com or contact Gale at 302-253-1100, Ext. 1121, or firstname.lastname@example.org.