TORONTO, April 7 /CNW/ - All any parent wants is for their child to be
successful and happy. For kids with physical disabilities success and
happiness may simply be the ability to go up and down stairs
On Sunday, April 10th, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. the Easter Seals Telethon celebrates 28 years of helping kids with
physical disabilities succeed. Broadcasting on CBC TV and online on
cbc.ca and easterseals.org, viewers will be introduced to inspirational
kids and their families and find out how their support makes such a
Appearing on the Easter Seals Telethon to tell her story will be Debbie
Braun, mother four children: Nicole 18, Alexa 16, Lucas 13 and Zane 11.
Lucas and Zane have Morquio Syndrome, a rare form of dwarfism that is
degenerative and progressive. Already the boys have had many
orthopedic surgeries and are followed by a team of 9 specialists.
"Easter Seals has helped our family in many ways. Before the boys'
surgeries, we had to install a lift in our home, so that I didn't have
to always carry them up and down the stairs," says Debbie Braun.
"Donations to Easter Seals help parents, like me, who are struggling to
give our children the things they need. I could never afford it on my
"The Telethon provides us with an opportunity to profile some amazing
young people and their families, thank our supporters and raise
critical funds," says Carol Lloyd, President and CEO, Easter Seals
Ontario. "With over 20,000 children and youth with physical
disabilities in Ontario, Easter Seals relies on public support to make
As a long-time corporate sponsor, CIBC will be doubling donations at
select times during the CIBC Opening Match Hour from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. "At CIBC, we're committed to helping young people achieve their full
potential," says Jessica Botelho-Carinci, Senior Manager, CIBC
Community Investment. "For almost 30 years, CIBC has been a strong
supporter of Easter Seals Ontario. Our employees really make a
tradition of getting involved at the telethon each year, and are proud
to pick up the phones and help Easter Seals Ontario raise much-needed
funds for such a great group of kids."
Canadian entertainment icons, such as singer-song writer Justin Hines, continue to champion Easter Seals kids and generate public awareness
and support. This year's Easter Seals Telethon's celebrity hosts
include: Brent Bambury, Alyson Court, Erin Davis, Barb DiGiulio, Dwight Drummond, Mary Feely, Kevin Frankish, Tom Harrington, Suzanne Leonard, Anne-Marie Mediwake, Suhana Meharchand, and Andrew Younghusband, just to name a few.
Easter Seals Ontario assists families of kids with physical disabilities
with the purchase of costly mobility equipment and communication
devices. Easter Seals also owns and operates two fully accessible camp
properties and is recognized as an industry leader in providing
specialized recreation programs for kids with physical disabilities at
Easter Seals camps.
For more information or to donate, visit www.easterseals.org.
SOURCE Easter Seals Ontario
For further information:
For Easter Seals Ontario media inquiries, contact:
Easter Seals Ontario
(416) 421-8377 ext 368 Cell: (416) 659-7637