February 2019
Racing Beyond the Court
Basketball is a true passion for Nellie; she loves racing down the court and scoring baskets. Nellie plays on Synergy Jr. Bulls, a division that provides the opportunity for all players age 13 and under to experience the sport of wheelchair basketball. Born with spina bifida, ten-year-old Nellie continues to amaze her family with her strength and achievements.

With the help of her physical therapist, Wendy, Nellie is building up her strength to stand for longer periods with her walker and work on her trunk control. She especially enjoys swinging in the therapeutic swings after an intense session of core work with Wendy. With her hard work in therapy, she will be able to reach her new goal of racing in a 5K this year. Her big dreams as she looks to adulthood, are to race in the Chicago Marathon and become a nurse.

Nellie is so passionate about this new sport, that she is already planning her summer race schedule and will attend a camp led by the wheelchair track team at University of Illinois. Her team mentor is currently training for the 2020 Paralympics. Although she is the youngest in the training group (most are over the age of 15), her start in basketball has provided her with the confidence and love of competition that will take her far!

Nellie will share her story and love of sports at this year's R Game for Chair-ity on February 28. You can join us along with our incredible sponsors Seigle's Cabinet Center and Rieke Office Interiors for an evening of spirited chair volleyball, fun, food, drinks and raffles. All proceeds help fund our wheelchair clinic so children can have the equipment adaptions needed as they grow towards independence. Click the picture below to learn more.
High Fives: Share your Child's Achievements

Let's celebrate together! Every day, determined children, tireless families and committed therapists are working together to achieve therapy goals and reach milestones.

We invite all parents and caregivers to share their child's accomplishments with us. Whether an achievement feels small or monumental, we believe it's worth celebrating!

Accomplishments will be shared at each center's lobby with a congratulatory message. Help inspire other children and families with your "high five" moment!
Thank you to Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
We appreciate Katten Cares support for recognizing the true need of our specialized pediatric therapy services in our communities. Thank you!
Come walk with us at the Elmhurst St. Pat's Parade

We are pleased to join Elmhurst's 23rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade! We will have our favorite superhero motorcyclists leading our group to share information about Easterseals and our Run for the Kids: Superhero Hustle.

We need more volunteers to walk with us down the 1 mile route in Elmhurst. Come spend the morning with a great crowd cheering us on and the 80 other floats, marching bands & area organizations. Wagons, strollers and wheelchairs are all welcome!

Please contact Erin Skaggs for more information and to sign up.
UPCOMING EVENTS
41st Annual Benefit Gala

This Casablanca themed event on April 6 features a fantastic night of dinner, dancing, and auction prizes to support infants and children with developmental delays and disabilities.

We thank our presenting sponsors Lisa and Fred Barbara and empowerment sponsors Exelon Generation for their generous support. Join them at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago for this great event!

For more information on attending, purchasing tickets or  corporate sponsorships , contact Jennifer Price at 630.282.2031 or  jprice@eastersealsdfvr.org .   
Save the Date! Annual Fashion Show is on October 19

The 39th Annual Luncheon & Fashion Show will take pl ace on October 19 at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center. Put the date on your calendar and contact Jennifer Price at 630.282.2031 or  jprice@eastersealsdfvr.org to join the event committee!