Easterseals Central Illinois Celebrates Heroes via Virtual Event
Join the Easterseals Virtual Hero Walk - a celebration of Easterseals children and families

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[May 29, 2020]  Join Easterseals Central Illinois for the first ever Virtual Easterseals Hero Walk June 1-6, 2020.

The Easterseals Hero Walk celebrates milestones and progress made by children at Easterseals. This week-long, virtual celebration replaces the annual Easterseals Hero Walk (formerly known as Walk With Me) at Illinois State University’s Hancock Stadium which is not possible this year due to the pandemic.

“Our community is filled with heroes, and that includes the Easterseals children who work hard in therapy throughout the year,” said Cathy Oloffson, vice president of development in Bloomington-Normal. “They deserve to be recognized and celebrated, and this virtual event does exactly that. The event also gives the community an opportunity to connect with others for a common goal during a time when it’s been hard to do so.”

On June 1 Easterseals Heroes will be given a Box of Fun filled with activities for them to enjoy throughout the week. These daily activities will celebrate progress made during the past year. Hero families will share their stories on social media, and Easterseals will promote them throughout the week.

The public can participate in the Hero Walk by registering for the event, creating teams and raising funds for the children at Easterseals. Community teams will be paired with Easterseals Heroes and invited to participate the week’s events.

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For a complete timeline, visit esci.link/herowalk. The week-long event will culminate in a virtual Zoom meeting followed by honk parades in Easterseals Hero neighborhoods on Sat., June 6.

Throughout the pandemic, Easterseals Central Illinois therapists have been serving children and families over the phone and creating resources for their use during the stay-at-home order. On April 8, Easterseals launched Telehealth therapy services, ensuring therapists and care coordinators are available to families via live video. By registering and fundraising for Virtual Hero Walk, community members directly impact the lives of the children and families served by Easterseals.

Register now at esci.link/herowalk. Registrations is $25 per person. Easterseals Heroes and their families (two adults & four children) participate for free. All proceeds from this event benefit Easterseals Central Illinois.

For more information, please contact Cathy Oloffson at coloffson@eastersealsci.com.

[Megan Pedigo
Director of Marketing
Easterseals Central Illinois]


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