With today marking her 90th consecutive day of working out, we have Jaclyn Michelle Nagle to thank for our #MondayMotivation!!
Jackie says, "When I started at IM ABLE with fantastic trainer, Johanna Rice, I admit I was scared. I have never done anything physical before except for prescribed physical therapy, and I doubted I would ever like it. I challenged myself to do any movement for 90 days straight to honor an adapted athlete, Tony, who inspired me to get moving, as many of the adapted athletes continue to do. I did it! 90 days. If I can, you can, and if it was not for IM ABLE I would have never unleashed my full potential. No excuses, just move!"
Registration for the Dirt Trail Classic closes OCTOBER 31!
Want to participate but can't access the trails? We encourage you to find two "trails" close to you that are on your ability level, ride those by November 15, and we'll send you a t-shirt and medal for your efforts!
You have two opportunities this week to get out on the trails with Chris Kaag! Join us tomorrow, 10/21 at 2:30pm at the Neversink MTB or on Saturday, 10/24 at 9:30am at the Blue Marsh Short Course to participate in the inaugural Dirt Trail Classic!
We found out there are some trees down at Blue Marsh so everyone is still able to complete that route or anyone coming out with me tomorrow at 930 we have a new alternate!https://www.strava.com/routes/2753981671186598278 **We will now meet at top lot of the stilling Basin off Palisades at 930**
PPL's Jane George surprised our IM FIT virtual fitness class with some good news! Thank you Jane and PPL Electric Utilities for your recognition of the accomplishments of so many adaptive athletes! ... See MoreSee Less
DON'T FORGET! Head to Boscov's today & tomorrow to support IM ABLE!...Because who doesn't love shopping AND supporting a good cause at the same time? Mark your calendars and make sure you visit our friends at Boscov's on October 14 & 15.
On these two days only, you'll receive 20% off your purchase AND by simply mentioning the IM ABLE Foundation, we will receive 5% of your total purchase.
Every little bit counts these days, and we greatly appreciate all of the support from our local community! ... See MoreSee Less
BAMBA (Berks Area Mountain Biking Association) has been a fantastic partner in the expansion of mountain biking opportunities, particularly for adaptive athletes for many years now. Their current project is restoring some of the trails out at Blue Marsh which will continue to provide miles of adaptive friendly trails. We appreciate all that they’re doing and for keeping IM ABLE athletes in mind as they improve the mountain biking trails in Berks County!If you would like to support the Blue Marsh Trail Restoration Project, please consider offering a donation. Click here for more information: www.imba.com/digin-applications-details?diginid=2761170... See MoreSee Less
This past weekend, with the help of a grant from PA Paralysis Resource Center, we had the chance to break in two new off-road handcycles on the trails at Blue Marsh Lake alongside more than 30 riders and volunteers!
Chris Kaag led the charge with the help of IM ABLE Ambassador, Devann Murphy, to assist people with varying degrees of familiarity with biking and trail riding.
Good article about how great it is for all abilities to get out on the trails.
IM ABLE has 3 demo Off Road Handcycles #orhc and 1 more on the way so if you'd like to see the possibilities on the incredible trails around our location in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania connect with us firstname.lastname@example.org to take a spin!
Last week, we met up with a young man, Norb, who was paralyzed trying to do a flip into the shallow end of the pool. Going out on his first ride since the accident, he was joined by two athletes who have been disabled for 10+ years, Brian and Brian (coincidentally). Norb was able to try out 4 different styles of bikes, and we hooked him up with a table-top hand cycle to get training so when he gets his own bike, he’ll be in shape to ride it.
Through this experience, Norb saw proof that his life didn’t end a year ago when he broke his back. To have the opportunity to connect with others who have pushed themselves to keep moving was a really special moment to witness, for everyone involved.
Giving people the tools and resources to redefine what is possible is what keeps us going every single day, and without your unwavering support, we wouldn't be able to do what we do. Thank you. ... See MoreSee Less
It is with heavy hearts that we report the passing of our guy, Tony. Tony was not only an adaptive equipment grant recipient pushing his physical limits at IM ABLE events and trainings, but he was also a proud #usmarinecorps#vietnamvet 🇺🇸 and relentless advocate for so many people with #amputations.
Sounds like he was a great representative of the IM ABLE Foundation. His memory will be honored forever among the best that have entered the walls of IM ABLE
I remember reading his impact story when it came out and being so inspired by his drive and seemingly infectious personality. I never met him, but Tony seemed like an incredible guy who inspired so many. My heart breaks for his family and all those who knew him 🙏 RIP Tony
I was honored to talk with him at the bash.What an incredible guy.RIP Tony
This is very sad news!! Tony was a great guy, who was a true inspiration for me!! Rest In Peace my friend,,, Rest In Peace!!
I’m so sorry to hear this...Tony was such a ray of sunshine and an inspirational spirit❤️
Prayers for his family and friends.
MAY GOD WRAP HIS LOVING AND COMFORTING ARM AROUND TONY'S FAMILY AND HIS IM ABLE FAMILY. TONY'S WORK HERE ON EARTH MUST HAVE BEEN FINISHED AND NOW GOD NEEDS HIM IN HEAVEN. RIP TONY.
Tony was such an incredible person - so very sad.
I got to know Tony over the last couple years as he trained at Corps Fitness and IM Able. There was always playful banter back and forth with everyone. He brightened up our days and was always having fun. He will truly be missed.
Never saw Tony without a smile on his face. He will truly be missed!
May his memory continue in the work you do
So so sorry to hear this--much love to Sandy and the family ❤️
Omg. My heart is broken.
Sorry to heard. Great person.
This hits so hard - he was one of a kind. Love and prayers to his family.
Please help us congratulate Brian Sutherland on his 1 year anniversary with IM ABLE! While he was brought on as Director of Development, his passion for what we do extends far greater, and he wears many hats (sometimes literally)! We are so lucky he's part of our team! ... See MoreSee Less
We were overwhelmed by the eagerness of so many participants as they ventured onto our adaptive demo bikes to race around the field, and we were so proud to share our new video on the BIG screen. Thank you for following our journey, and thank you for your unwavering support as we continue to remove obstacles and find solutions amidst an ever-changing environment.
In true IM ABLE Foundation fashion, we pulled #USMC veteran and Operation Lead from the Front motivator, Alan Coderre, to the front to lead the crowd in 22 push-ups to raise awareness about the high risk of suicide in military veterans. Learn more about the Operation Lead from the Front program on our site: imablefoundation.org/olftf/.
It was so wonderful to see you in person! We can't wait until next time.
We've had more people reaching out than ever before asking for the equipment they need to stay active and healthy. Up to this point, we have found ways to provide solutions, but our reserves are winding down.
Please, if you can, make a gift today so we can continue to empower people with challenges like those in the video below.
We planned to unveil this video at this year's BASH, and we’re pretty proud of it. We know that nine minutes is a bit long, but we promise you, it's worth it.
Thank you to the Reading Fightin Phils for the opportunity! Join us out on the field at FirstEnergy Stadium for a socially distant good time for a great cause! Tickets are only $5 so get them before they're gone! ... See MoreSee Less
FirstEnergy Stadium OPEN to R-Phils Fans – to enjoy an outdoor community even and great ballpark food, and music on Thursday July 30th! Proceeds from event passes benefit the IM Able Foundation! Out...
Racing to the end of a campaign…and the starting line of a race.
If you haven’t already donated to help Brian Owens continue on his way to the Paralympics, now is the time. Thanks to matching pledges from Velo Amis, Jayson Williams, and @MDstrategicconsulting, your gift will be tripled!
To all of you who have already donated – THANK YOU. We are almost there! ... See MoreSee Less
Cody Wills was paralyzed in a pro/am motocross accident but didn’t let that end his love for racing. He’s an IM ABLE grant recipient who is also training for the Paralympics. When he saw our post the other day trying to raise funds to get Brian Owens the equipment he needs to become a Paralympian, Cody reached out to us for Brian’s phone number. (www.justgiving.com/campaign/brianowens) The two of them have been talking and texting every day since about training routines, fitting the bike to maximize efficiency, and all the other nitty gritty details it’s going to take to get him to the next level. That’s what it’s all about! #COMMUNITYredefiningwhatispossible #bettertogetherCody WillsKevin Moore... See MoreSee Less
“Improvise, Adapt, Overcome” has been the unofficial motto of the IM ABLE Foundation since the very beginning. There are no excuses, we just have to move.
Brian Owens reached out to us asking for our help. Brian can be racing as soon as this summer. Please take just 3 minutes and launch him towards his goal. www.justgiving.com/campaign/brianowens
He was a gifted athlete as a young man growing up in Baltimore until he was shot at a party 12 years ago. He survived, paralyzed as a result. For years, he was overcome with depression adjusting to his situation and his new challenges. Despite it all, Brian has an incredible attitude. He wants to get after it and give back, educate others on the possibilities that are out there for people with challenges.
Brian is now determined, focused on a goal of racing in the Paralympics. We are almost halfway to our goal of getting him the carbon fiber NRG handcycle that he needs to compete with the best athletes in the world. He is committed to redefining what is possible. He needs our help.
Say hey to Ryan Neiswender, #TeamUSA #paralympian Wheelchair Basketball player who visited to take a spin on an Offroad hand cycle. Chris Kaag gave some instruction then found a little off-road for him to experience the different terrain, other than a basketball court, that he can attack!