The 18th annual Easter Seals Telethon, aired by KSL-TV March 4-5, raised $266,860 for Utahns with disabilities.

A number of local Easter Seal supporters, clients, staff and volunteers joined the hosts during the telethon.The poster child this year was Bart Andersen, West Jordan. Despite cerebral palsy and severe asthma from complications at birth, he pursues many of the same activities enjoyed by other 8-year-old boys, including Scouting, playing with action figures and going to the park with his father and brother.

Nationally, the telethon, singer Pat Boone and actress Mary Frann as hosts, generated $29 million.

Easter Seals is a non-profit health organization committed to providing services and programs to people with disabilities. More than 1 million people receive help through the nationwide network. Services and programs available in Utah include equestrian therapy, wheelchair loan, adaptive devices, stroke support groups, computer discounts and training, respite care, information and referral. The organization serves anyone, regardless of age or disability.