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“In 1997, I was an active twenty-one-year-old U.S. Marine when I was presented with a ‘defining moment’ in my life. I was diagnosed with AMN (adrenomyeloneuropathy), a degenerative nerve condition that eventually took my ability to walk. After receiving my diagnosis I had to make a decision: I could either give up and let my condition control my life or I could dig deep and push on. I chose the latter. My choice to view my disability as a personal stepping-stone and not as a crutch has given me opportunities I never thought possible.

I hope that my story will motivate others, disabled and ablebodied, to redefine the way they view their own personal challenges. We all have obstacles, but it is how we respond that makes us who we are.”

Chris Kaag, Founder, IM ABLE Foundation

The IM ABLE Foundationโ€™s work of helping those who can benefit from our programs continues to reach further and further into the community. If you would like to get involved, we would love to have your support. Involvement includes volunteering, making a charitable donation, organizing a fundraiser or becoming a partner through sponsorship. Whatever you can do, your contribution will help tremendously.

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Congratulations is in order! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

Given his contributions to the adaptive sports community, Chris Kaag has been selected to receive this years Adaptive Sports Hall of Fame Award ๐Ÿ…๐ŸŽ‰

This award is presented annually at Move United Junior Nationals. It will take place July 16th this year in the Metro Denver areaโ€ผ๏ธ

“The Hall of Fame was created to honor individuals who have made a significant impact in the fields of adaptive sports as well as athletes who have excelled in sport” @moveunitedsport

We get to see first hand every day how much Chris does for adaptive athletes, and we couldn’t be happier that he is getting recognized for all the hard work he has put in

Congratulations Chis, this is well deserved ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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Congratulations is in order! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰  Given his contributions to the adaptive sports community, Chris Kaag has been selected to receive this years Adaptive Sports Hall of Fame Award ๐Ÿ…๐ŸŽ‰  This award is presented annually at Move United Junior Nationals. It will take place July 16th this year in the Metro Denver areaโ€ผ๏ธ  โ€œThe Hall of Fame was created to honor individuals who have made a significant impact in the fields of adaptive sports as well as athletes who have excelled in sportโ€ @moveunitedsport  We get to see first hand every day how much Chris does for adaptive athletes, and we couldnโ€™t be happier that he is getting recognized for all the hard work he has put in  Congratulations Chis, this is well deserved ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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What an honor! Congratulations, Chris!

Congratulations Chris! So proud to know you!

Congratulations Chris!!! ๐ŸŽ‰

Congratulations, that’s awesome ๐Ÿ‘

CONGRATS Chris Kaag!!! You deserve it!

Fabulous. Well deserved my friend

Wow!!!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป well deserved!!!

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐ŸปCongratulations!!!

Congrats Chris Kaag

Awesome! Well deserved!

Congratulations Chris Kaag . What an honor ๐Ÿ‘Š

Outstanding!!!

Hooray! Could not go to a more deserving person.

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๐‹๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ข๐œ๐ค๐ฅ๐ž๐›๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ? ๐–๐ž'๐ฏ๐ž ๐ ๐จ๐ญ ๐š๐ง ๐š๐ฆ๐š๐ณ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐š๐ฏ๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ

๐Ÿ‘‰With the help from our friends at Fromuth Racquet Sports and the Shields Family Foundation, the IM ABLE Foundation was able to purchase two adaptable wheelchairs specific to pickleball for use at the courts

๐Ÿ‘‰Bill Wellock and Eric Kaag took a lesson from Joe Garapola on Sunday and had a great time!

“Be ready to have fun. It’s a ton of fun, there’s a short learning curve and it’s wonderful,” said Bill.

๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ'๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ, ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐š ๐๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ง #imablefoundation๐ฐ#pickleball
#pickleballcourts #adaptiveopportunitiesl#adaptiveathleteop#wheelchairsportst#wheelchairpickleballi#nonprofitorganizationk#berkscountycommunitynization #berkscountycommunity
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๐‹๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ข๐œ๐ค๐ฅ๐ž๐›๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ? ๐–๐ž๐ฏ๐ž ๐ ๐จ๐ญ ๐š๐ง ๐š๐ฆ๐š๐ณ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐š๐ฏ๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ  ๐Ÿ‘‰With the help from our friends at Fromuth Racquet Sports and the Shields Family Foundation,  the IM ABLE Foundation was able to purchase two adaptable wheelchairs specific to pickleball for use at the courts 
๐Ÿ‘‰Bill Wellock and Eric Kaag took a lesson from Joe Garapola on Sunday and had a great time!  โ€œBe ready to have fun. Itโ€™s a ton of fun, thereโ€™s a short learning curve and itโ€™s wonderful,โ€ said Bill.  ๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ, ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐š ๐๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ง ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ž๐ฅ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ!
#imablefoundation #pickleball #pickleballcourts #adaptiveopportunities #adaptiveathlete 
#wheelchairsports #wheelchairpickleball #nonprofitorganization #berkscountycommunity

๐‡๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ ๐‚๐ก๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐ž๐ญ?

Chris is our founder and executive director, and has a true heart of gold ๐Ÿ’›

๐Ÿ‘‰After visiting his Dr. in a hospital that was majorly for children, he witnessed first hand what the children were going through, and he wanted to help them have a more "normal" childhood

๐Ÿ‘‰He quickly realized how expensive adaptive equipment was, so he decided to start the IM ABLE Foundation to provide more adaptive ways for youth in our community to be more active and feel the enjoyment of doing things such as riding a bike, like other able kids get to do

๐Ÿ’ช Currently you can find Chris every Tuesday and Thursday running the IM FIT Classes, and helping with various adaptive events on the weekends

๐‚๐ก๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ, ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ค ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐๐จ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ณ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง, ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐š๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ โค

#IMABLEFoundation #nonprofitorganization #berkscommunity #berkscounty #adaptiveopportunities #adaptiveathletes
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๐‡๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ ๐‚๐ก๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐ž๐ญ?  Chris is our founder and executive director, and has a true heart of gold ๐Ÿ’›  ๐Ÿ‘‰After visiting his Dr. in a hospital that was majorly for children, he witnessed first hand what the children were going through, and he wanted to help them have a more normal childhood  ๐Ÿ‘‰He quickly realized how expensive adaptive equipment was, so he decided to start the IM ABLE Foundation to provide more adaptive ways for youth in our community to be more active and feel the enjoyment of doing things such as riding a bike, like other able kids get to do  ๐Ÿ’ช Currently you can find Chris every Tuesday and Thursday running the IM FIT Classes, and helping with various adaptive events on the weekends  ๐‚๐ก๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ, ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ค ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐๐จ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ณ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง, ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐š๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ โค  #IMABLEFoundation #nonprofitorganization #berkscommunity #berkscounty #adaptiveopportunities #adaptiveathletes

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Thank you Chris for taking the time to talk to us 17 years ago when my son was diagnosed with AMN, you may not remember but I always will. Love seeing this post.

We’re so thankful to you for all you do for our community, Chris!!๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’•

Thank you for all that you do! โค๏ธ

We love you

Great Man

An amazing young man.

The man, the myth, the legend.....

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๐…๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ฑ๐ญ.. ๐ข๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐ƒ๐”๐€๐“๐‡๐‹๐Ž๐ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž!! ๐ŸŽ‰

Our 11th annual RU Able Duathlon will be on September 18th!

๐Ÿ‘‰ Adaptive and Able-bodied athletes welcome
๐Ÿ‘‰ Athletes may participate in the event as individuals or teams of 2 or 3
๐Ÿ‘‰ 3 race options: Olympic distance duathlon, Sprint distance duathlon, 5k only option

๐Ÿ“ 630 Evans Ave- Wyomissing PA
โฐ 6:30-7:45am registration

By hosting this annual event we are able to raise funds to provide grants, resources, & fitness opportunities for people affected by disabilities๐Ÿ’•

๐‘๐ž๐š๐๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ? ๐‚๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐ค ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ค ๐ข๐ง ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐›๐ข๐จ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ ๐ง ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ๐Ÿคฉ

We are also always looking for sponsors and volunteers to help run the event. If you’re interested in either of those, send us a direct message!

Sponsors: Utopian Events Ames ConstructionLancaster RecumbentROG OrthodonticsHanger ClinicBerks Oral Surgery + Dental Implant Center, Center for Pain Control NY Life, EJ Penn Associates, PNG Gaming Inc

#imablefoundation #nonprofitorganization #duathlon #adaptiveathlete #adaptiveopportunities #humanachievement
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We had a blast on Friday! ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸŽ‰

Friday we hosted an event with our friends @instaaim at Alvernia University, and it turned out amazing!

There was adaptive cycling available, and over 6 people tried cycling for the very first time๐Ÿฅณ ๐Ÿšด

Thank you to everyone that made this day possible๐Ÿ‘ Creating adaptive opportunities is what it is all aboutโ€ผ๏ธ

Thank you to: Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance (grmha.org), Berks County Parks and Recreation Department, Berks County Public Libraries, Easter Seals, Lancaster Recumbent

#imablefoundation #nonprofitorganization #adaptiveathlete #adaptiveopportunities #HumanAchievement #anythingispossible #adaptivecycling
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No excuses, Just move!

The mission of the IM ABLE Foundation is simple. We remove obstacles that keep people with challenges on the sidelines, providing them access to programs and equipment tailored to their needs and a community of all abilities to support them.

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Handcycles

A single handcycle can cost anywhere from $1,200 to $10,000.

Mono Skis

On average, a mono ski will cost around $3,600.

Basketball Chairs

The cost of a basketball chair ranges from $1,500 to $5,000.

Adaptive Fitness Equipment

The foundation has granted more than 100+ pieces of adaptive fitness equipment since IM ABLEโ€™s inception in 2007.