BENEFITING: THE IM ABLE FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: THE IM ABLE FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
A little more than a year ago, my life completely transformed. Thanks to the generousity of the IM ABLE Foundation and its donors, I received a Top End Force 3 handcycle....and it has changed my life.
When I was 11, learning to walk again was a challenge. Stairs were impossible. Ice was terrifying. But, hard work and perseverance prevails. As of today, I’ve finished four marathons – one on crutches and three in the adaptive handcycling division, with two more in the upcoming months. I go rock climbing, kayaking, and have played hockey. One of the long-term effects of my diagnosis is that I’ll spend my lifetime dependent on crutches, but I know that no matter what happens, I’ll adapt and overcome.
Since 2007, the mission of the IM ABLE Foundation has been to remove obstacles that prevent people affected by disabilities from being physically active by providing grants, resources, fitness opportunities and motivation. We change attitudes about the potential of disabled individuals by redefining what is possible.
IM ABLE Foundation awards adaptive equipment grants to motivated disabled individuals who qualify for funding. We provide equipment such as: hand-cycles, adaptive skis, rugby chairs, basketball chairs, adaptive mountain bikes, kayaks and other types of adaptive gear. Our purpose is to unleash the potential in physically challenged children and adults to be more active, enjoy the benefits of physical fitness, and spend more time in the great outdoors.