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First day of a 5 week session introducing the participants from Abilities in Motion in Reading, PA to living an active…

Posted by IM ABLE Foundation on Wednesday, July 15, 2015



Recently, our freind at the Interact Club and the students at Rolling Hills Prep in San Pedro, California presented Ryan with his adaptive hand cycle. Ryan was paralyzed in a boating accident when he was 19 but it has always been a dream of his to complete a triathlon. Through a school-wide fitness challenge led by our Interact Club and the help of the IM ABLE Foundation,


They were able to fundraise enough money to purchase a hand cycle for Ryan. Now, he is able to achieve his dream. A big thanks to the students of Interact and Kathy Hagee, club advisor, for spearheading this wonderful effort on our campus!


T3 member Patrick Sweeney is a spokesperson for The IM ABLE Foundation which was created to build and support active lifestyles for individuals with disabilities.

When Pat was 18 years old, he was diagnosed with Rasmussen’s Syndrome, a rare disease that attacks the right hemisphere of his brain. In 2006, Patrick had a hemispherectomy, which stopped the progression of his disease but also left him with limited use of his left arm and leg.

Pat is riding his recumbent bike to stay active, and to inspire others. He said, “Perseverance to me is overcoming obstacles to achieve my desired outcome and learning from my setbacks so that they allow me to improve.”

His training included four months with 20 mile sprint rides on the weekends, light gym program at home as well as at Paoli Fitness 3 times a week in their adaptive fitness program

So far this season, Pat completed the bike portion of two sprint triathlons: Got The Nerve and Hammonton. He said, “When I crossed the finish line, it was great seeing my family and teammates and feeling accomplished.”

He shared with us, “For the year ahead I would like to continue to race as much as I can and improve along the way. I do have a desire to compete in the other events someday. Currently in the pool swimming one time per week and in PT working on mobility to be able to run again.”

Never Say No, the Story of Patrick Sweeney
Never Say No, the Story of Patrick Sweeney.
Pure determination and perseverance and never giving up

IM ABLE recently hosted a “Get Up and Climb” day at Spooky Nook Sports, in Lancaster, PA. Partnering with ABOVE LIMITS, IM ABLE was able to transform the Nooks famed climbing wall into an adaptive wall so that individuals with a broad range of disabilities could come out and climb. This was such an exciting day for the IM ABLE Foundation, ABOVE LIMITS and Spooky Nook, as it was our first big collaborative event and the first time the Nook was able to host an adaptive event!

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Over 30 individuals came out to try their hand in adaptive climbing. Groups from local organization such as Vision Core, Lebanon VA, and E.A.R.S brought individuals out. Everyone from those with vision and hearing impairments, to amputees to Para-Olympic equestrian athletes, to those with developmental disabilities came out to try climbing. Talk about an exciting event to be a part of!

For many it was their first time ever trying something like this. One individual, Patrick explained, “I never thought I could do something like this. Me? Climb a rock wall? It was such a liberating experience”. Groups of lookers watched intensely as individuals climbed for the first time, cheering on everyone was they made their way up the wall.

The atmosphere at the Nook was incredible; everyone really enjoyed the day. It was such an inspiring event to see individuals, who one second were in a chair and the next they were climbing up a 45-foot rock wall!

IM ABLE cannot begin to thank both ABOVE LIMITS and Spooky Nook enough! Their support, willingness and excitement were truly undeniable and made for such an incredible atmosphere to be apart of. Over all, this event was a grand success. We look forward to hosting many more adaptive events at Spooky Nook Sports. Keep an eye on our website for information about upcoming adaptive events!!

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