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Jun 2, 2016 10:01 PM

Eversource Walk With Me & 5K Run for Easter Seals NH raises more than $221,000

MANCHESTER - Andy Martin, a longtime client of Easter Seals, kicked off the Eversource Walk with me and 5k Road Race. For him, it’s the younger kids in the crowd that keep him motivated.

“Some of these kids have definitely helped me see the better part of my life,” Andy said.

One of those kids is 10 year-old Carter Meade of Manchester. Because of the flames on his custom prosthetics, his family calls him hot legs.

“It’s fun, they’re always by my side it’s always fun,” Carter said.

Carter says his brother and parents always have his back, they’ve been supported by Easter Seals since Carter was an infant.

“They helped us pick up the pieces and put the puzzle back together and move forward,” said Carter’s mom Kelly Meade.

With more than 90 programs in almost every county in the state, Easter Seals offers support for people whether they’re born with disabilities or something happened to them later in life.

In the event’s 17th year, they’ve now added a road race, and by teaming up with Eversource, they’ve tripled the amount of money raised.

Organizers say everything about the event is about the clients and their families.

“This is all about them and that’s why we’re here we’re raising money for all the children and adults and infants and veterans and seniors and everybody in between that we raise all this money for today,” said Christine Peterson, Director of Events and Corporate Relations for Easter Seals NH.

Eversource CEO Jim Judge says it was easy getting employees involved in the event.

“Customers of Eversource in New Hampshire are the same people that Easter Seals is dealing with on a daily basis, so this is an event to help those customers out and I couldn’t be more proud of the employee turnout today,” Judge said.

They smashed their fundraising goal, bringing in more than $221,000.

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