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Walk With Me, World!

We were so proud of our efforts – staff, volunteer, client, donor and sponsor alike – through Walk With Me Houston 2020. AND, this year we are so excited to be able to go #hybrid.  Still following all health protocols concerning Covid19 but able to have a limited amount of walkers at the Houston Zoo on April 24th AND unlimited walkers #virtually!

So for 2021, we invite you to: Walk With Me… Choose Your Route!  Walk, Stroll or Roll the Block virtually from now until day of April 24th!

How it works – virtually: We encourage you to register (if you haven’t already) and walk, stroll or roll around your own block daily, weekly and/or on the event day between now and April 24th. Of course, your safety comes first, but we also know that taking in a little bit of sunshine can help all of us during this difficult time!

As you walk, stroll or roll your block, be sure to take photos or videos…or even live stream your experience and use the hashtag #WWM2021 and tag @EasterSealsGreaterHouston then encourage your friends and family to do the same to help support your (or their own) fundraising efforts.

Last year, almost 4,000 people from across the greater Houston community and the world (as far away as Rwanda!) were in attendance. With all of our options – we KNOW you can help us beat that!

Every step you take helps connect veterans, children and adults with all types of disabilities to the services they desperately need. And this year, you can count your active minutes and compete in our competitions too!

How to register:
*If you have already registered as a walker, thank you! And let’s get those steps in!  *All we need is your help with spreading the word about Walk With Me Choose Your Route!
*If you’re new to our Walk With Me community, register as a virtual or on site walker here!

How to encourage your friends to continue to help you in your fundraising efforts:

  • As you walk, stroll or roll your block, be sure to take photos or videos…or even live stream your experience and use the hashtag #WWM2021 and tag @EasterSealsGreaterHouston to encourage your friends and family to do the same to help support your fundraising efforts. You can even create a Facebook fundraiser to make it that much easier (you can do this while in your registered account).
  • Ask friends and family to join your team, create their own teams and challenge their peer networks (Scout troops, Mother’s Day Out, faith communities, volunteer groups and more) to do the same!
  • Click here for an updated email you can send to your friends and family to encourage continued donations to your virtual walker page!

Donate NOW to help us continue our life-changing work!

2020 and 2021 have been hard for everyone; our clients and our staff have accomplished amazing things. Their success is your success! We need your support in helping us reach our $1 million goal NOW MORE THAN EVER BEFORE. Your commitment will help ensure that Easter Seals can continue its mission of providing services for thousands in our greater Houston community living with all types of disabilities each year.

Donate to a walker to support Easter Seals Greater Houston today!

We look forward to seeing your smiling faces – walking, strolling and rolling! Special thanks to our amazing first time and returning sponsors!

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Pretty Eyes, Chubby Thighs

baby4Madalynn is an absolutely delightful little girl who gives a big smile to everyone she meets. Her mom, Amanda, is very pleased with Madalynn’s progress and wanted to share her story.

When she was just 10 weeks pregnant, Amanda found out her baby was going to be born with Down syndrome. Amanda researched on her own and tried to educate herself on the diagnosis. Amanda thought she was prepared, but when the diagnosis of Down syndrome was confirmed after Madalynn’s birth, she emotionally had to go through the acceptance process. She shared that the hospital staff at Texas Children’s Hospital was very helpful, educating her more about the diagnosis, and referring her to Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) of Easter Seals Greater Houston.

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The assessment team came out quickly, and Madalynn began receiving ECI services at about 2 weeks old. The newborn needed OT (Occupational Therapy) due to feeding concerns. Though Amanda was worried about the feeding issues, Amanda’s biggest concern for her sweet daughter was “she was not really connected”.  Madalynn was quiet and not noticing people around her.  After receiving help from Easter Seals’ ECI, and following through with the therapist’s suggestions, Amanda was excited to see Madalynn begin to progress.  At 2 ½ – 3 months old, Madalynn started connecting with everyone around her. Today, seeing Madalynn at about 10 months old, her mom is amazed at what she can do.  Amanda admits that she initially had low expectations due to the diagnosis.  After seeing what Madalynn was capable of, her mom did not want to hold her back.  “I include her in our daily life no matter what it is, from the beach to the park, she is there playing with us.” Madalynn now sits well independently, gets from her back into a sitting position, uses her hands to play with various toys, is beginning to clap her hands, rolls and belly crawls to get toys she wants, gestures “up”, and babbles “baba”.  Feeding issues have been resolved (love those baby rolls!), and she is eating some table foods.  This quiet little baby, previously so “unconnected”, now “soaks it all in”, focuses on people, and demands their attention.baby

When asked about Easter Seals’ ECI, Amanda responded:  “I’ve learned so much from ECI.  I’ve learned tons!  With my other children, I didn’t pay attention to how they moved; they just did it.  ECI helped me realize how important the best ways to move are for her.  That’s why she’s come so far and doing what she is today.”baby3

As she described Madalynn, Amanda stated:  “She’s gives you the biggest smile ever, just talking to her.  She just brings so much joy to others.  Everywhere we go, people stop to talk to her.  Just gives everyone joy.”  Her mom also shared the exciting news:  Madalynn’s picture will be featured in the 2018 Down Syndrome Calendar.

Amanda, Early Childhood Intervention Client Parent, Easter Seals Greater Houston

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