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Telethon raises more than $119,000 for Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center

WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) - For more than 40 years, WTRF has teamed up with the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center for the annual Easter Seals Telethon. 

The telethon raises thousands of dollars each year for the organization. This year, $119,465 was raised. 

The Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center provides education and services to children and adults livings with disabilities.

Through donations and fundraisers like the Easter Seals Telethon, the organization can provide those services regardless of a family's financial situation.

"No one has ever been denied services at Easter Seals because of the ability to pay. Of course, that creates some uncompensated care, so fundraisers are extremely important to us to make up that difference," said CEO Jay Prager. 

Occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy are just some of the programs that are offered to children like Maks.

Maks' family says they call the Easter Seals employees "Maks' girls" and that they are grateful for their work.

"They mean a lot to us. Maks would never be where he's at if we weren't there. I can't even picture where we'd be at right now," said Maks' mother Micah. 

"They answer questions. They'll call back. They text. We shared some of the most difficult parts of our lives with them, and they've been tremendously supportive," said Maks' father Derek. 

You also may have noticed that Easter Seals has a new logo. 

This was changed after the organization moved to include educational, behavioral, and emotional disabilities as well as physical. 

"The little starburst design represents the ability of everyone to live their life to their fullest potential," said Prager. 

For more information on Easter Seals and the services they provide, visit EasterSeals.com/WV.


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