|“It’s been great; we’ve had the bike for about a year. We’ve explored trails all over MD and PA. He’s ridden over 200 miles and I’ve lost over 30 pounds. It’s a blessing because after the stroke, I thought “there goes that. We’ll never be able to go out to nature again.” But the bike has opened all that up again. As a mother, you want everything for you children. The stroke took away so much, but the bike is one thing that we were able to get back. Oh goodness, it’s wonderful. I will never forget the first time we went riding together after his stroke. I cried on the first ride, and I’m not even a crier. He was in front of me for safety reasons, but you could see the joy on his face as he looked around. I never thought I’d see that again. Thank you so much for allowing me to share that.”
Jen Wilson, Mother of Ricky Wilson, grant recipient
“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 Foundation’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.