GODLEY – Steve and Joey Stone of Kankakee know how important Easter Seals is to its clients.
Their son, Steven Stone, Jr., 12, was diagnosed with periventricular leukomalacia with a secondary diagnosis of spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, when he was just 6 months old.
The family was referred to Easter Seals, where Steven was treated and given therapy.
“If Easter Seals wasn’t there I don’t know what we would have done,” Joey Stone said. “We wouldn’t be here if not for Easter Seals.”
“Here” was at the Exelon Fishing for a Cure kids fishing derby Saturday morning in Godley.
This marked the 15th annual kids fishing derby and adult bass tournament hosted by Exelon, with money benefiting local charitable organizations. This year, the beneficiary was Easter Seals Joliet Region, which serves six counties, including Will and Grundy.
“We couldn’t be more thankful for Exelon choosing us,” said Debra Strahanoski, development manager at Easter Seals. “The money raised will go directly to children services.”
Peggy Warnick, Braidwood Station communications manager for Exelon, said each year they try to choose a local organization that is making a positive impact.
Steve Stone was not only participating with his kids at the fishing derby. He is also the Exelon employee who made the recommendation to choose Easter Seals as the recipient.
The event had 37 kids participate in three age divisions.
Awards were given for the most fish caught, the smallest fish caught, and the biggest fish caught.
Nearby on Braidwood Cooling Lake, 76 teams were competing for the $4,000 first place prize as well as other monetary prizes for second through 10th place.