Twenty six year old Parker Fralix has attended programs at Easter Seals West Kentucky since graduating from Lone Oak High School in 2013. He is one of many adults benefiting from the social interaction and training programs offered to adults with special needs through Easter Seals.
Parker Fralix was born with brain abnormalities, impacting his ability to think and perform tasks in the same way other adults his age are able to do. Three days a week, he participates in Easter Seals’ Adult Training and Community Living Support programs, which provide the support and resources he and his family need for a high quality of life.
Parker Fralix’s dad, Tim Fralix, says the positive impact Easter Seals has on his son’s life and the lives of other families in Western Kentucky has been tremendous.
“The time Parker gets to spend at Easter Seals is important to him,” Tim Fralix says. “It gives him a chance to do things in the community and to have friendships that make his life feel more ‘normal’. Without Easter Seals, he would not have these opportunities.”
Tim Fralix is employed by Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership, LLC (FRNP), the deactivation and remediation contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Paducah Site. Since 2017, his coworkers have participated in FRNP’s employee payroll deduction campaign to help raise funds. Those funds are presented at the Annual Lions Club/WPSD Local 6 Telethon of Stars to benefit Easter Seals West Kentucky.
This year, FRNP partnered with United Steel Workers Local 550 (USW) and Security Police Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) to coordinate a campaign that included the company’s employee payroll deduction and an employee-led fundraiser. In all, the campaign raised $11,664.
“Tim is just one of our employees with a personal connection to Easter Seals. There are so many whose lives are made richer and fuller as a result of the people and programs the organization offers,” FRNP Program Manager Myrna Redfield said. “Our campaign totals have more than doubled since we presented our first check to the telethon in 2019. That speaks volumes to the generosity of our employees and their commitment to charitable causes in our community.