Jul 12

AquAbility Therapeutic Aquatics for People with Disabilities – Certification Course

AquAbility Gives Certification Course in Togus, Maine. June 5-7, 2018

Executive Director Karen Morrison, Program Administrator Katie Martin-Stutzman, and staff members Olivia Langs and Taylor Colleran traveled to Maine to teach AquAbility’s Therapeutic Aquatics for People with Disabilities certification course. This training was part of a Disabled Sports USA collaborative effort with the Togus VA Medical Center and Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation.

Jun 12

AquAbility participant Jenny Gatehouse loses her fight against Parkinson’s

Jenny Gatehouse, a long-term Ketchum local, passed away at her home in Cold Springs on April 30, 2018. She was 56 years old.

    She was preceded in death by her father, Woodrow Gatehouse; mother, Jean Gatehouse; and brother Keith Gatehouse. She is survived by brother Ian Gatehouse and sons Sam Hebert and Wil Hebert.

    After graduating from New England College in New Hampshire, Jenny left in 1984 to follow friends to Ketchum. Jenny delighted in the area’s outdoor opportunities. She was an avid downhill snow skier, water skier, bicyclist, tennis player, hiker and runner. She loved river trips and camping in the summer and snowshoeing, playing hockey for the Fury and cross-country skiing during the winter.

    Jenny best loved having a full house of family, friends, neighbors and lots and lots of kids. Old friends and new were always welcome and kept the house full. Raising her boys was the crowning joy of Jenny’s life. She taught them to ski and skate and enrolled them in every sport of interest with hockey at the top of the list.

     Jenny was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease in 2001. Jenny battled the debilitating effects of the disease mightily. It didn’t matter how fatigued or weakened she became, she engaged. Her muscles failed her and she sought adaptive equipment to support her body. Jenny took advantage of all the therapeutic recreational programs the valley offered, including Swiftsure Ranch’s therapeutic riding program, AquAbility swimming program and Higher Ground’s ski program.

    It was during this time that Jenny found so many new and amazingly true friends who would selflessly assist her to carry on with the activities she loved. Her love for her boys gave her the strength to live with her disease without bitterness, and she had a gratitude for every day that she shared with them.

    Parkinson’s may have taken her physical body, but it never took her hope or joy or laughter. Jenny’s energy, love, those incredible memories are all here and remain—in particular with her boys.

    The memorial is pending sometime in 2018. Visit woodriverchapel.com for more information and to share memories.

 

Feb 11

AquAbility @ AquaTots Swim Schools for our youngest participants!

“I’m ready to get in for my AquAbility session!”

Nov 14

AquAbility and Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind students at Miracle Hot Springs

AquAbility is thrilled to once again be working with students from Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind in our school year program at Miracle Hot Springs. Our first day was wonderful!

Oct 30

Aquability receives award at 2017 Molina Community Champions Event

AquAbility was selected as a finalist and received a grant at the 2017 Molina Community Champions Award event. It is wonderful to be recognized by our community in the Boise area.

Sep 06

Support AquAbility this weekend at Chipotle Mexican Grill in Meridian!

Chipotle Mexican Grill at The Village in Meridian is holding a fundraiser for us this coming Saturday, September 9th, from 11:30am to 8:30pm.

Just show up for lunch or dinner (or both!), say you are there for AquAbility, and they will donate 50% of the profits during the time period.

We appreciate your support and hope to see you there!

Jul 10

Boise Co-op Change 4 Change program benefits AquAbility!

CHANGE 4 CHANGE       DONATE at Boise Co-op

AquAbility has been chosen as a recipient for the Boise Co-op’s Change for Change program during July, August and September.

Shop at the Co-op and bring your own shopping bags – then donate the 10¢ to AquAbility.

Let others know about this opportunity for AquAbility to raise some funds – tell friends, share on facebook, choose to shop at the Co-op!

Thank you for your support!

Jul 09

Paddleboard Clinic on super hot Boise day cools Veterans off.

AquAbility enjoyed a second paddle board clinic of the summer on a 103 degree day thanks to a grant from Warfighter Sports and DSUSA and a special thanks to Idaho River Sports.

A great time was had by all!

 

Jul 05

AquAbility featured on KTVB’s Seven’s Heros!

KTVB featured AquAbility on Seven’s Heros!  Click Here to read the full article on their website.

Jun 26

Thanks, Whittenberger Foundation!

The Whittenberger Foundation’s grant to AquAbility helps pay pool fees for the Boise Youth program. We appreciate this generous gift that helps us to provide therapeutic aquatic programs for children with disabilities in the greater Boise area. Here are some pictures of our program in action!