For Immediate Release

Easterseals Introduces Walk With Me Delmarva Ambassador

August 23, 2023

Georgetown, DE – After Wayne Smith, of Lewes, DE, graduated from high school, he had nowhere to go. He was at home with his parents every day. That is, until Wayne’s family found Easterseals services, and it completely changed their lives.

“Easterseals is a great program, and I would suggest for anybody to go because it helps people with their social skills. I like socializing with people there,” Wayne says.

For Wayne, the Easterseals’ adult day program in Georgetown, where he spends three days a week, is the perfect way for him to spend time during the day, interacting with his peers, and engaging in the activities. Not only do his parents appreciate the break from caregiving but they also have watched Wayne grow as an individual thanks to his participation in the program.

“It is good for Wayne to have places to go. Easterseals adult day program keeps his mind active and moving forward,” Wayne’s dad, Gary Smith, says. “When Wayne started attending the program, he was afraid of many things, but now he does things my wife and I never expected him to do. Wayne loves it. He comes home proud of his achievements.”

Easterseals is delighted to have Wayne as this year’s ambassador for their 11th annual “Walk With Me & 5K Run Delmarva” event. The event is scheduled for Sunday, October 22, 2023, at Baywood Greens, 32267 Clubhouse Way, Long Neck, DE.

Constantly stressed and worried -- that is how Gary felt all the time as he struggled to care for Wayne and his wife, Lois – both of whom have disabilities. While he worked overnights as a manager at a local drug store, he worried because he knew they were home alone. He did not know what to do until he found Easterseals services, which completely changed all their lives.

“Life without Easterseals would be terrible. If we didn’t have Easterseals I don’t know what we would do. We depend on their programs,” Gary says. “Easterseals is a blessing all the way around. They do great things for families. They are always concerned about the people they serve and their families.”

Gary was able to leave his full-time job outside of the home and support his family as a paid caregiver through Easterseals Personal Attendant Services (PAS) program. PAS allow people with disabilities and seniors to choose and hire their own caregiver who performs duties based on individual needs. This may include help with bathing, dressing, meal preparation, and other duties that help the individual remain independent. While the person with the disability is the employer, Easterseals staff helps to support theprogram participant in their role as an employer of the caregiver.

“I feel blessed and happy to be with them all the time and get paid to do it thanks to the Personal Attendant Services. Now I don’t worry as much anymore,” Gary says. “Easterseals has been the greatest thing for our family. It means growth for Wayne and for us. Awesome is the word I’d use to describe Easterseals!”

Funds raised through Walk With Me help Easterseals provide critically needed services to families living with disabilities in our local community. Registration for this year’s Walk With Me event is available at For more information, contact Missy Baker at

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