NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A colorful crowd of over 100 people gathered at Union Station in Northampton Sunday morning for the splash of color fun run and 5k,
The 4th annual run supports Easter Seals, an organization providing services, education and advocacy for children and adults with disabilities.
Paul Madeiros, CEO of Easter Seals of Massachusetts, said “Assistive technology, occupational, physical, speech therapy. Employment services, recreation, we do a lot of advocacy work. So we’re working with people with disabilities across their life span”.
Easter Seals Massachusetts works in over seventy communities across the state, assisting around 875 children and adults with disabilities, including youth Ambassador Ana Tyson.
Tyson told 22News “They’ve been really helpful for me to be able to just be open about my disability. It’s really important, because sometimes people with disabilities don’t really get what they need, and to be able to have this, really makes it possible for everybody to get what they need”.
Sunday’s participants were able to choose from a colorful fun run or a timed 5K. The event welcomed people of all abilities to walk, run, or wheel their way through Northampton.
Kelly Sweeney-Brown, a runner in Sunday’s race, said “Oh this one is a fun one, we like getting splashed with color, and it makes it unique. I think it’s great, I think it’s a great organization. Great for the community great for the children. Great opportunity to participate and make a difference”.
Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz addressed the runners before the race, saying Easter Seals of Massachusetts has had an impact on the lives of some of the city’s own residents.