Walk with me!

from Easter Seals Central Texas:

Think, for a moment, about how much you love running and being active in your community.  Now, imagine that you’ve just been informed that you’ll never be able to do it again.

For many of us, the thought of not being able to do what we love is extremely scary and often heartbreaking.  Well, it’s the same for people with disabilities.  Whether they are born with a disability or injured in an accident, people with disabilities do not want to hear that they can’t do something.  Time and time again you’ll hear storied about how these people are still living their lives the way they want without accepting that someone said, “You can’t do that.”  No disability will ever define the heart of a person or the desire to participate in the community.

At Easter Seals Central Texas, we visit with adults and children everyday who will light up your world and change the way you look at life with a disability.  Our clients exude such strength, motivation and perseverance that you can’t help but provide all the support you can muster to help them succeed and follow their dreams.  Those dreams may be physical things such as: to walk without aid, to run for the first time or to participate in sports.

When Rosalinda Reazola’s son, Matthew, was only 11 months old when she was told that he would likely never walk on his own or be able to take care of himself.  She refused to believe that and immediately sought out the therapy that her son would need.  This landed her at Easter Seals Central Texas.  Matthew received speech, occupational and physical therapy for the first few years of his life.  He began to thrive and improve and despite what doctors said, he wound up running varsity track and cross country at Vandergrift High School and has recently joined the United States Marine Corps.

Rohan Murphy, an honorary ambassador for Easter Seals Central Texas, had his legs amputated at age 4 because of a birth defect.  Just like most young boys, he grew up loving sports but was always on the sidelines.  Then, one day, someone gave him the encouragement that he needed and he gave wrestling a try.  Rohan surprised everyone and ended up competing at the collegiate level, for Penn State, and became an international power lifting competitor.  Rohan now travels the country speaking to kids and adults about how anything is possible and is currently training for the 2016 Paralympics.  He will be a guest speaker at this year’s Walk With Me event.

Most of us know someone who is currently living with a disability and in the blink of an eye could find ourselves in that same demographic.  We all know that accidents happen and that makes it even more important to show our support for our friends and neighbors living with disabilities.  Join Easter Seals Central Texas at Walk With Me Austin, November 11, 2012 for an exciting day of running, walking and family fun.

www.centraltx.easterseals.com/events
Event Manager – Angelica Reyes, 512-615-6817
Volunteer Manager – Lindsay Mason, 512-615-6818

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