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Blue & White Society sponsors fundraiser for IM Able Foundation

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Spaghetti dinner

The Penn State Berks Blue & White Society, the student contingent of the Penn State Alumni Association, is holding a Spaghetti Dinner fundraising event for IM Able Foundation on Monday, April 2, 2012 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Lion's Den. The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for students age 18 and under and Penn State students with ID.

Founded by Penn State Berks alumnus Chris Kaag in 2007, the IM Able Foundation promotes the benefits of an active lifestyle for the physically challenged.

In 1997, Kaag was a 21-year-old U.S. Marine when he was diagnosed with adrenomyeloneuropathy, a degenerative nerve condition that would eventually affect his ability to walk. After his diagnosis, he returned to Pennsylvania and enrolled in the Business degree at Penn State Berks.

Eventually, it was Kaag’s continued dedication to fitness, along with his education in business and the values he learned in the Marines–teamwork and the ability to push beyond your limits–that led him to start his own fitness center, Corps Fitness.

Corps Fitness served as an important launching point for Kaag, who soon looked for additional ways to promote active lifestyles and to help aid disabled persons. In 2004, Kaag started the Got the Nerve? Triathlon.

Coming off the success of Got the Nerve?, Chris created the IM ABLE Foundation in 2007. Through the IM Able Foundation, Kaag promotes the idea that with today's technology, it is possible for anyone who has a disability to increase his or her fitness level, and thereby, reap the benefits of both physical and mental health.

For more information about the IM Able Foundation please visit: www.getupandmove.org.

To purchase tickets to the Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser, contact the following members of the Blue & White Society: Mica Rulis at MHR130@psu.edu or Verranda Franklin at VAC5049@psu.edu.

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