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Easter Seals organization says thank you

October 2, 2006

Albany-- A South Georgia organization dedicated to helping thousands of people with disabilities took time to honor the volunteers that keep them going.

Easter Seals Southern Georgia helps about 2,000 children and adults with disabilities each year. Tonight, several volunteers were awarded for their hard work and dedication to the organization.

They also had a chance to meet Ryan Odens, the 2006 Easter Seals National Adult Representative. Odens was in a terrible wreck six years ago that left him paralyzed for more than three months.  He says Easter Seals volunteers made his transition to walking possible.

"They make everything possible. Without their help and them working hand in hand, I wouldn't be where I am today," says Odens.

"Volunteers are critical to what Easter Seals does," says Director Beth English.

Nicholas Pack and Dana Brock were named Child and Adult representatives for 2007. Volunteer of the year honors went to Sharon Wilkin of Vienna.  Jackie Wilson of Leesburg received the Staff Member of the Year award.

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