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Nico, Josie and Reese (Photo provided)

Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region is not just a place where children come to receive therapy treatment, it is a place where miracles happen – miracles such as the first step of a child whose parents were told they may never walk. More than 50 of these miracles will be celebrated at the 33rd annual Luncheon and Easter Seals Fashion Show, where young clients will show off their latest skills on the catwalk with NBC 5 television news anchor Dick Johnson acting as master of ceremonies.   

Twin sisters Josie and Nico are two of the children who will be showing off their accomplishments at the Fashion Show.

“When our twins were infants, the doctors were not sure of their future,” said their mom, Kate Mueller. “The doctors were unsure if the girls would walk, talk or see, and it was a scary time because we did not know what to expect.”

The twins began therapy at 6 months old, and have participated in all of the services Easter Seals has to offer, including occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, dental clinic, vision clinic, hearing clinic and the feeding clinic.

“Getting into Easter Seals at such a young age changed the girls lives,” Mueller said. “Josie and Nico would not be where they are today without Easter Seals. Today, Nico is walking, talking and seeing great. She has gone from saying only a handful of words to speaking in sentences. It is priceless to see the accomplishments she has been able to achieve, and we can’t wait to celebrate them with the rest of our Easter Seals family at the Fashion Show.”

The event includes raffles, a luncheon and a professional fashion show by Fashions With Flair.

“This wonderful event gives our clients the unique opportunity to highlight their accomplishments by allowing them to step into the spotlight in front of family and friends,” said Theresa Forthofer, president and CEO of Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region. “We thank the community for celebrating these milestones with us for the 33rd year.”

All proceeds from the Fashion Show will ensure that children and adults with disabilities receive the life-changing therapy services they need and help them achieve “firsts” that we hope they will showcase at next year’s Fashion Show, said organizers.

Event details
When:  11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28
Where:  Drury Lane, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace
Tickets: $60, $25 per child 12 and younger

To purchase tickets to the benefit, to donate raffle prizes or to find out more, visit

Easter Seals offers its services: "From questions about your child’s development, to the most advanced technology, newborn screenings and therapeutic services, Easter Seals is here for the whole family. If you would like more information or to speak to someone about your child’s development, visit or call 630-620-4433."

Benefit sponsors
Easter Seals recognizes Pacella Trucking Express Inc. as the Platinum Sponsor of the 33rd Annual Easter Seals Fashion Show, and gold sponsor, the Naccarato Family Fund of the DuPage Community Foundation.