"I remember, I dropped him off at IM ABLE for the first time and Jo said, ‘you’re leaving your chair here. When you’re here, you’re walking.’ She’s helping him with his leg, but also with other muscles too. This stroke totally changed his life, but the whole family’s life also. IM ABLE’s been a good thing. As he would put it, ‘it’s the highlight of my day, Kath.’ For him to go and look forward to that hour, it’s a good thing.
It’s a different outlook for him to advance and reach his two goals of driving and walking again, without assistance. I know it’s going to happen. He would say that, ‘I feel like I have a s**t future.’ But I’m starting to see a change, a positive mindset. Today, we went to the mall just to walk. And he was very happy with that. It’s mostly a mental thing. When you can change the way you look at things, everything else comes with it." Kathy Sebastinas, Sister of Thomas Sebastinas, Adaptive Personal Training Program Participant
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We are excited to share that the IM ABLE Foundation is MOVING! On January 1st, we will officially be moving across the bridge closer to Penn Avenue to our new location at: 901 Hill Avenue, Building 17, Wyomissing, PA
We will now be a part of Berks County’s athletic training and fitness community: The T.R.A.I.N. Station! Berks Elite Training, The CrossFit Crossing (formerly Corps Fitness), Phoenix Allstars and the IM ABLE Foundation are moving in together under The T.R.A.I.N. Station’s roof and mantra.
The T.R.A.I.N. Station, which sits on Wyomissing’s historic railroad system, is symbolic as it represents Train, Regenerate, Adapt, Inspire, and Nourish. All four of these entities embody this mindset and will bring their reputation for leading their respective industries in Berks County and beyond as they service the performance-minded, CrossFit and adaptive communities.
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"For the past 40 years, OAR has been deeply committed to the Berks County Community. We understand the importance of keeping active, and IM ABLE works hard to show that exercise is good for everyone. We could not have been more honored or proud to have been able to provide IM FIT classes to kids with challenges, so that they may have a safe environment to interact, stay active, but most importantly to have fun! Seeing the smiles on these remarkable kids' faces has been a highlight of 2020!" -Chris Mancuso, Partner at Orthopaedic Associates of Reading & Sponsor of IM ABLE ... See MoreSee Less
"I’ve seen a notable difference in her abilities and what she’s able to do since she’s been with the program and I just think it’s phenomenal. She more confident in her ability to transfer into the wheelchair. She has more stamina for everything that she does. She’s less reliant on others to do the things that she needs to do.
I’m thrilled for her. If it gives her a greater sense of wellbeing, it helps me as well. It’s hard for me to put into words because I can see a difference in her. If she’s happy, I’m happy, it’s as simple as that. It thrills me to death to see her have more self-confidence and independence." -Tim Nagle, Husband of Jaclyn Nagle, Adaptive Personal Training Program Participant and Member of the IM ABLE Board of Directors
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"Bill has a family and a network to support him (not to mention the personal resolve to get through anything). He’s turned a real bad situation into a good thing.
Bill and I shared a lot of biking experiences before he got injured. We were avid bikers. We did the Pittsburgh to DC ride with Jim and Mike six or seven years in a row. Bill was there for two or three of those before his injury. He was a big part of a routine to meet at one or the other’s driveway at 5:30pm to go for an hour and a half ride after work. That came to a screeching halt. But the handcycle rekindled that. Not as far or as often as we used to, but that comradery is still there. He, Ann, Patrick and I just did the bike trail in Lancaster for 20 miles. He’s found trails all over the state of PA that he can ride on.
IM ABLE’s been the vehicle to get him back not only physically, Bill was always into fitness, but also his self-esteem. He’s proud of how far he can go on that handcycle. He’s a competitive guy, not against someone else, against himself. You get to our age, and there’s not many people to compete against so you have to find some way to find that thrill." -Tim McDonough, Friend of Bill Wellock, Grant Recipient and Duathlon Participant
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"Riverfront Federal Credit Union was inspired to support IM ABLE because of its commitment to enabling individuals to realize their full potential. Experiencing one of their adaptive fitness classes firsthand is one of the most rewarding, heartwarming experiences one can ever have. Thank you to Chris Kaag and team for all you do." -Shawnae Lorenz, VP of Marketing, Riverfront FCU & Sponsor of IM ABLE Foundation
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"I really appreciate what you’re doing for Connor. The whole time that I’ve been watching his recovery, three years now... That was a really difficult thing.
The fact that his disability has taken away all his physical abilities was super difficult for me, but the fact that he’s slowly regaining some of those abilities has flipped and now is really inspiring to me.
I don’t know much about IM ABLE. All I know is that it provided this bicycle to my friend. He really needed it. There are people that are surrounding him that love him and want the best for him. When a charity goes out of their way to help him out, it is really amazing.
The bike gave him a lot of joy and hope. Everyone who is following along with his progress got to share in that joy and hope. It was a very timely gift, the bike. It was just the right time and just the right gift and that speaks to a good deal of care, wisdom, and understanding of the people who run the Foundation." -Barnabas Holleran, Friend of Connor Gavell, Equipment Grant Recipient
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"I didn’t know her when she was diagnosed with cancer at 11 years old. I remember seeing the signs around town for the fundraisers to be able to keep up with the medical expenses. But when we did finally meet, Devann was very reserved.
Once she found handcycling, that all changed. She has come out of her shell. She has even spoken publicly about her past and how she has overcome obstacles in her life.
The adaptive equipment from IM ABLE has changed both of our lives. We were both very inactive, and had horrible diets. We are now both healthier now, and are in shock when seeing old pictures of ourselves. This was made possible by being able to live an active lifestyle together. That, and a lot of hard work.
Words cannot begin to describe how Chris and IM ABLE have impacted our lives. Our lives changed for the better forever and a thank you is nowhere near enough." -Tom Murphy, Husband of Devann Murphy, Equipment Grant Recipient, Two-time Winner of the NYC Marathon & Winner of the Boston Marathon (on the bike we gave her!)
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"It changes my family dynamic. The way that we’re using our resources is different now. We’re out in nature making memories, outside. For our son Jude, it means a lot to me as a mother because he’s able to look up to Nathan as he does and sees that being physically active is a priority. That’s his hero right there.
As a wife, let me see, how do I say this? It benefits my marriage. My husband’s in a better mood. He feels better about himself. There’s such a trickle effect. It affects the intimacy aspect. I don’t know if that’s TMI. We are both going out, losing weight together as a family and it’s such a huge thing.
The future looks different now because of this. Hardships are a part of life but that just means you shift around it.
We really appreciate what you guys are doing and we want to be a blessing to other people as well. If there’s anything you ever need from us, don’t hesitate to reach out. I mean it. Thank you so much for what you do for our family." -Ziba Burrow, Wife of Nathan Burrow, Equipment Grant Applicant
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"My mom has been involved with the IM ABLE Foundation for at least 10 years. It is a special place. The trainers have become our close friends over the years. They’re like family. The whole atmosphere there is like a family.
The specialized attention they give her, the team really tailors her workouts to whatever her goals are. From our family’s perspective, to watch her achieve her goals has been special.
My mother has always been one who says that she doesn’t want to be treated differently. I don’t have any excuse when I’m watching her meet those challenging obstacles and overcome them. Watching her lead by example with a positive attitude and not complaining along the way, it really shows me that anything’s possible if you put your mind to it." -Charlotte Tarr, Daughter of Margaret McIntosh, Adaptive Personal Training Program Participant
By raising $2,750, we can offer one full year of one-on-one adaptive fitness certified training sessions for someone after a life-changing accident. Donate today! ... See MoreSee Less
"It means everything to us. He’s a young man and we want the very best for him - that’s what it seems like he’s getting at your Foundation.
He’s been going there for just four or five weeks and there’s been a big change. We walk every day at Blue Marsh and his stride has improved tremendously. Oh my gosh; when I see improvements like this, I have hope for his future. He’s a very determined man. He wants to achieve so much. He’s welcoming his first grandchild soon and he wants to be there for them. It’s been wonderful." -Maureen Sebastinas, Mother of Thomas Sebastinas, Adaptive Personal Training Program Participant
A donation of $250 means hope for the future for a mother whose son had to move back home after a stroke. Consider donating today. ... See MoreSee Less
"The IM ABLE Foundation means a lot to me. Now that my aunt Jaclyn’s been with IM ABLE and working on her fitness, she’s able to be more independent. I was taking care of her. I’ve been doing it my whole life so it’s just a normal routine for me. Now, she’s able to do more herself and doesn’t rely on me as much anymore. It’s a boost to her morale. I know her workout out with Jo is one thing she looks forward to... I see it happening. She thinks more positively and her whole attitude has changed. She doesn’t get frustrated that there’s things she can’t do anymore. She’s more open minded, she’s more excited to do more things. It’s nice to see her in a positive manner. It makes my whole relationship with her a lot better." -Sara Kohl, Niece of Jaclyn Nagle, Adaptive Personal Training Program Participant & Member of the IM ABLE Board of Directors
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"With all that’s been going on in the world since the pandemic broke out, Dalton’s been cooped up. Getting back out to IM FIT is great because he’s limited in what he can do on his own. He can’t wait to do IM FIT. It helps us to get socialized, to be around other people and do the exercises that he enjoys. A lot of these kids are socially isolated. When he goes to IM FIT, he interacts with other kids. Without it, he wouldn’t have the opportunity." -Kevin Bunn, Father of Dalton Bunn, IM FIT Participant
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This is by far the organization that has changed me the most. I love being able to help out when I can. And it’s so special to see kids that I knew as “littles” come to IMFIT all grown up. Amazing humans connected with IMABLE and IMFIT. I miss everyone!
My man Dalton, so glad you're a part of what we do and you make us smile every time we see you!!
"When we first learned about IM FIT, Sam and I were both excited because we’re both very into fitness. The whole idea, was something that we could introduce Ryan to and do it as a family. That was my main thing. But once we got there, at the end of the first 8-week session, he now loves going to the gym. What I love is the sense of community. Ryan probably has his first true friends and that is the most heartwarming thing to me as a mom.
As a community, we all know that we’re all struggling at some point. I know that we’re surrounded by people who really understand what we’re going through. That, for me, is the most important thing about IM FIT. That’s what makes me smile every week when we go. It’s a program that my daughter can do too and she really enjoys doing it alongside him." -Brittany & Sam DeSimone, Parents of Ryan DeSimone, IM FIT program participant
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"There are so many things you can say. It’s a wonderful program. Just the excitement they get when they’re there. We’re so proud as parents to see them doing it.
I love the fact that there’s somewhere they can go and do this stuff. You walk out of there with a smile on your face from seeing it. Kids just didn’t have this 30 or 40 years ago. Years ago, everyone just turned a blind eye. Where would they have been if they had you to help them along?
Kids are going to be so much more successful in life because they have the opportunity to grow. It shows them that there’s things that they think they can’t do that they learn that they can. With a little work, it can be done. These kids are so joyful; they bring happiness to everyone. It’s nice to live in a society that appreciates these kids and wants to give them every opportunity that we had as kids." -Ben Hartman, Father of Tyler Hartman, IM FIT Participant
I can’t agree with you more. The first time I went to watch my grandboys participate in the program I couldn’t stop smiling and I remember how amazed I was at the positive attitude and determination of these special kids who were giving it their all no matter if the activities were strenuous or fun
Just at are and helping with him buddy Tyler Hartman
"Our whole family goes camping every summer in August. We started biking more and more to the point that it became a big part of the vacation. None of us expected for him to have a bike by then but IM ABLE came through. We’re so impressed with the amount of independence he has. I was just texting my brothers earlier today and we’re planning a three-day, overnight bike trip. If Alan wasn’t able to get on a handcycle and join us on this trip, we probably wouldn’t even plan it.
I always wanted brothers when I was growing up. In the few years before his accident, we got a lot closer. Cycling is one of the biggest things that we can still do as brothers. It’s not like we go out and he’s stuck at home because he’s in a wheelchair. Despite his injury, we can still get out and do things as a group." -Jon Fisher, Brother of Alan Fisher, Grant Recipient and Got the Nerve Competitor
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"Thank you for thinking of including Patrick and our family. We appreciate the efforts made and the programs you have provided, even during the pandemic.
I personally am thrilled Patrick has this opportunity. I am with him 24/7. I look forward to coming to class and walking with other moms and having adult conversation with others who have children with special needs. I honestly don't have much opportunity for socializing with other adults. Trying to keep Patrick healthy mentally and physically is my life. Things change greatly when your child is no longer in the school system." -Carol McCullough, Mother of Patrick McCullough, IM FIT Participant
Your $50 donation means people like Patrick can participate in IM FIT and parents like Carol can have just a few minutes to socialize with other parents. Donte today! ... See MoreSee Less
"It’s amazing what you guys are doing. It helps everybody along the way. To just see him smile, it makes us smile. It’s hard to put into words. I was telling a guy at my work about it and he wants to help.
The kindness has just been outstanding. I’ve never seen anyone as kind as Chris is. When you have more positive people around you, you start to be more positive yourself. I can’t say enough about what a great organization it is. Joey is becoming more positive in the way he acts when he’s doing these group activities. As a parent, that’s a very good thing. He feels good about himself. It makes our lives easier. I love watching all the kids; they’re so proud of themselves and it just makes me smile. Some of them don’t even know me and they come up and give me a hug." -Richie & Trish Motherwell, Parents of Joey Motherwell, IM FIT Participant
In conjunction with Baseballtown Charities, IM ABLE nominated Becky Stitzel for Riverfront Federal Credit Union's 2020 #unselfie Award in recognition of her dedication to improving the lives of people with challenges in this community. A well-deserved CONGRATULATIONS to Becky on being selected as this year's recipient! Thank you for all that you do for those we serve.
Please tune in around 3:30 of the video to view Becky's segment! ☺️ ... See MoreSee Less