Malden Third Grader Receives Easter Seals Pioneer Award
October 7, 2015 – Easter Seals presented Damian Milton of Malden with its 2015 Richard A. LaPierre Pioneer Award on Monday, October 5 at a reception at Embassy Suites in Waltham. Easter Seals services empower people with disabilities to reach their full potential.
Damian, a third grader at Linden STEAM Academy in Malden, has cerebral palsy and is unable to perform precise movements or speak. It’s also difficult for this 10-year-old to gain weight because of the exertion from his constantly moving limbs.
Easter Seals physical therapists have been working closely with Damian and his team at school to increase his mobility and access to the environment. In the process, this very determined boy has been making significant progress. His parents, Jessica and John Milton, hope that one day he’ll be strong enough to walk.
The Pioneer Award is given annually to a boy or girl with disabilities in Massachusetts who demonstrates the pioneering spirit of former Easter Seals President Richard A. LaPierre.
“Pioneers are not afraid to try new things – even when they’re hard – and they don’t give up,” Easter Seals President Paul Medeiros said. “Even at his young age, Damian embodies that spirit of resilience and triumph.”
“There have been times over the years when Damian has really struggled,” said Jessica Milton. “We’re impressed that he was chosen for this award out of all the kids with disabilities that Easter Seals serves in Massachusetts. It also makes Damian feel proud of himself. It’s great for him to be acknowledged because he works so hard.”
“We’ve been impressed with the services Damian has received. He seems to be much happier and more confident, which for any parent is a big deal,” his mother added. “We’re grateful to Easter Seals for the progress he has made, and we hope more kids out there benefit from its programs like he has.”
About Easter Seals Massachusetts
Easter Seals Massachusetts provides services to ensure that children and adults with disabilities have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play. Nonprofit and nonsectarian, Easter Seals offers technological assistance, employment and training services, recreational activities, youth transition and leadership programs, rehabilitation services and public awareness programs. For more information, call 800-244-2756 or go to www.EasterSealsMa.org.