One Man’s Legacy Blossoms

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

Could a streetcar accident that happened 105 years ago affect the lives of millions of people?

Edgar Allen lost his son in that tragic accident and inadequate medical services inspired him to raise funds for the development of a local hospital.  It was through that hospital that he discovered the needs of children with disabilities.  In response, he founded the National Society of Crippled Children, which was the first organization of its kind.

During their first fundraising campaign, donors would affix seals on their envelopes as a sign of support.  A seal with the Lily flower, a symbol of Spring, was eventually adopted as their logo.  It became so recognizable that the organization later changed its name to “Easter Seals.”

The City of Auburn Hills is proud to be the home of the Michigan Headquarters for Easter Seals.  Their facility located at 2399 E. Walton Boulevard houses not only administrative offices, but also offers behavioral health services to local children and their families.

The mission of Easter Seals is to provide services so that people living with disabilities or special needs can better function in the community.  Expert health professionals from a variety of disciplines work individually with each person to overcome obstacles to independence.

Interested in supporting Easter Seals?  Well, you can participate in fundraising events such as Walk with Me 2012, which is a family fun walk at the Detroit Zoo on Saturday, September 22nd.  If you have questions about the walk, please contact the event manager at 248-475-6411 or via e-mail at

Easter Seals makes a big difference in people’s lives.  We thought you may want to know that their Michigan headquarters is located right here in the City of Auburn Hills.