Founded by Newmarket resident, Joe Persechini, the Upper Canada Mall Easter Seals 10k is York Region’s longest running fundraiser for children and youth with physical disabilities. Over the past 36 years, this popular community event has become an indelible fixture in York Region, raising nearly $3.8 million to help children and youth with physical disabilities.
Expected to attract 1,000 enthusiastic participants in 2014, the Upper Canada Mall Easter Seals 10k provides a challenge for serious runners, while also offering a fun and family-friendly event for walkers.
Whether you’re looking to set a personal best in the 10k or simply enjoy a leisurely walk with your family while raising funds for Easter Seals Ontario, we have something for everyone!
There are over 20,000 children and youth in Ontario with a physical disability.
Some children were born with disabilities such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida, some have spinal cord or brain injuries resulting from childhood accidents, others sustained brain damage through infections like encephalitis and meningitis. Regardless of the cause, these children share a common desire for independence, acceptance and achievement.
For over 90 years, Easter Seals has played an important role in supporting children and youth with physical disabilities. Today, our programs and services help these young people receive the essential equipment they need, as well as opportunities to attend fully accessible Easter Seals camp and alternative recreational programs. Easter Seals Ontario relies fully on the generosity of public donations to offer its programs and services. For more information, visit easterseals.org.