“Kol’s first wheelchair came from Easter Seals Canada. This was the first time we learned about Easter Seals and the amazing work they do for children with disabilities. “ Says Jeff Rustia.

“It’s all about giving back... and giving back to the very same organizations and institutions that had helped Kol during his lifetime. We are grateful for Easter Seals Canada and was wholly inspired to form the Kol Hope Fund at Easter Seals, to help and support the disability community, especially the children, says Melinda Rustia, the President of Kol Hope Foundation for Children.

Kol Hope Fund @ Easter Seals was established by the Kol Hope Foundation, to actively support and raise funds for the programs of Easter Seals Canada.

More than 146,000 Canadians and their families access Easter Seals programs, the best known of which are Easter Seals camps. Every year thousands of children challenge themselves while having the time of their lives at 15 Easter Seals camps nationwide. With help from donors and sponsors, Easter Seals works to ensure that everyone with a disability can attend camp and has access to services they need to make the most of their abilities.

Easter Seals Canada is the largest local provider of programs, services, and development for the disability community. Specifically, the Kol Hope Fund@Easter Seals is focused on helping children with disabilities and their families.

Aside from the camps, other services provided by Easter Seals include providing a wide variety of equipment such as wheelchairs and seating inserts, walkers, home safety equipment and communication devices for children. Family & Community Support helps persons with physical disabilities improve their quality of life through access to supports and service.

“We are truly grateful for... the continued support received through the Kol Hope Fund at Easter Seals. We are honoured to serve Kol's memory by helping to improve and change the lives of kids living with disabilities all across Canada.” says Dave Starrett, President of Easter Seals Canada.