Stories of Hope

Camper Blake

Fishing, boating and climbing the rock wall are a few of Blake’s favorite things about Camp Sunnyside. Blake’s mom Margie says Camp Sunnyside is a place where Blake is understood, cared for and loved. Watch Blake’s story.

Angie’s Living Life to the Fullest

“Easter Seals Iowa offered me hope and encouragement, that I too could be a productive part of society after acquiring a disability. With the support of Easter Seals Iowa, I am doing just that – working, volunteering, and enjoying life to the fullest,” Angie says. Read Angie’s story.

The perfect employment fit

Kaitlyn is right at home in the Mercy Hospital Starbucks—making mocha, chatting with customers while cleaning the condiment bar, and whisking together homemade whipped cream. Through the Project SEARCH internship program, Kaitlyn built experience in a workplace setting. Read Kaitlyn’s story.

Farming Independently

“I wanted to continue farming as my livelihood and contribute in a meaningful way in my community. I wouldn’t have my operation and be where I am today if it weren’t for the staff at Easter Seals Iowa,” Russell says. Read Russell’s story.

Easter Seals turns Laura’s Life Around

After a car accident, Laura says life was at a standstill before she was connected with Easter Seals Iowa. She learned to walk, talk and eat again and is now independent with her own apartment and employment. Watch Laura’s story.

A Parent’s Perspective

Most people take for granted being able to have a conversation with their child, for us it was a gift. Both summers our daughter Rio attended the Easter Seals Iowa Child Development Center, we noticed marked improvements in her behavior.  She made her first friend there and was so excited to come home and tell us about her. Read Rio’s story.

My Dreams Came True

Ryan Odens and his brother Nick from Little Rock, Iowa, farm 1,100 acres of corn and soybeans and 50 acres of hay. His family says all Ryan has ever wanted to do is farm and carry on the family legacy.

During harvest season the year of Ryan’s accident, the entire town turned out with wagons, tractors and combines to support Ryan and his family with their harvest. Read Ryan’s story. 

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

After losing his right arm in farming accident, Michael continued his dairy farm business in Ackworth, Iowa, for 14 years.  During that time Easter Seals Iowa provided support and made adaptations to gear shifts on Michael’s equipment. Read Michael’s story.

Bailey at the Popcorn Stand

When she was three years old, Bailey came to Camp Sunnyside as one of the first children to utilize the Child Development Center. Since then Bailey has attended camp and now is a client in Easter Seals Supported Community Living program. Read Bailey’s story.

A Rodeo Fundraiser with Heart

Dennis Dostal has run the Double D Rodeo for more than 30 years and recently partnered to make the event a fundraiser to benefit Easter Seals Iowa. Read Dennis’s story.


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