Monday, August 15, 2011

Be Inspired and Have Fun at the Easter Seals UCP 12th Annual Walk With Me

Easter Seals UCP (United Cerebral Palsy) is holding its 12th annual
Walk With Me event at Freedom Park on Saturday, October 8th. This
annual fundraiser for the Charlotte area benefits critical programs
and services for children and adults with disabilities and special
needs. Registration opens at 9:00 a.m. and the 5K family-friendly
walk starts at 10:00 a.m. followed by festival activities and food for
all participants.

Walk With Me is an event where individuals and families of all
abilities can participate, including honorary ambassadors who have
benefitted from Easter Seals UCP programs and services and offer
inspiration to others.

The honorary ambassadors for this year's event include:

Nicholas, age 2. Nicholas attends the Easter Seals UCP Children's
Center where he has the opportunity to be included in a classroom of
children with and without special needs and be treated as a typical
two year old despite having cerebral palsy. He also has the
opportunity to receive specialized therapies to aid in his development
from on-site physical, speech and occupational therapists.

De'Vante, age 17. Born with cerebral palsy, De'Vante began receiving
Easter Seals UCP services when he was eight years old to help aid in
his care and development. De'Vante is learning to live more
independently and will be graduating from high school this year.
Following graduation, De'Vante will be working with Easter Seals UCP's
Supportive Employment Program to receive job training and job
placement assistance.

"Walk With Me is a unique event because it brings people of all
abilities together," said Amanda Hogan, development manager for Easter
Seals UCP's Charlotte market. "The honorary ambassadors are our
mission in action and showcase the value of Easter Seals UCP in our
community. Our walkers support makes it possible for Easter Seals UCP
to continue to provide opportunities for people with disabilities in
our area to live with equality, dignity and independence."

For more information or to participate in Walk With Me, please call
(704) 566-6040 or visit

About Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia
Headquartered in Raleigh, NC with programs and services throughout
North Carolina and Virginia, Easter Seals UCP is a lifelong partner to
families managing disabilities and mental health challenges. The
nonprofit serves more than 20,000 individuals and their families
annually through an array of services. Easter Seals UCP enhances the
quality of life for individuals and maximizes their potential for
engaging in their communities. For more information on Easter Seals
UCP North Carolina & Virginia, please