Sunday's Easter Seals Telethon helps kids and families who need it most

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 independently.

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 difference.

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 own."

"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 a difference."

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 BamburyAlyson 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:
Meredith Wiens
Easter Seals Ontario
(416) 421-8377 ext 368 Cell: (416) 659-7637
mwiens@easterseals.org

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