About 200 walk today for disabled kids


Hunter Crites of Austintown envisions being able to one day drive a car and see New York City.

Those likely are ambitions many 10-year-olds share — though they take on special significance for Hunter, who until about a year ago was unable to walk independently.

“I walked one time around the trail,” said an excited Hunter, who was born with cerebral palsy, a common congenital childhood disorder that affects muscle control, movement and coordination.

He was referring to his participation in Saturday’s annual “Make the First Five Count” walk at Boardman Township Park.

An estimated 200 people of all ages participated individually or as team members for the two-hour walk to heighten awareness of how important the first five years are to children’s development. The fundraiser also was to benefit Easter Seals and Youngstown Hearing & Speech Center’s programs for children and adults with special needs.

Attendees walked one, three or five miles along the park’s main trail, on which were numerous informational signs pertaining to programs and services from Easter Seals and the hearing and speech facility.

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