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By: Jennifer Adams

Making Dreams Come True provided a unique opportunity for several members of the Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program of Memorial Rehab Hospital South to experience adaptive zip lining at the Gatorland Orlando Theme Park.  This trip was made possible through the sponsorship of Gatorland and Memorial Rehab Hospital South. 

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By:Jennifer Adams

Making Dreams Come True, in partnership with Surf Quest, recently provided the opportunity for Miami natives Jessika Kattah and Reinaldo Maiz to go Adaptive Surfing in Saint Augustine Beach, Fl. Jessika and Rey are an adventure couple! They are both extra-abled and they share life together in all it's shades by taking adaptive adventures!  Surf Quest and their amazing volunteers provided an unforgettable day at the beach for Jess and Rey.

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Jennifer Adams, Founder of Making Dreams Come True, just returned from the 2nd planned Adaptive Sports Adventure for MDCT. She attended the adventure as the trip leader. MDCT's sponsors Gatorland Orlando www.gatorland.com and Memorial Rehab Hospital www.mhs.net provided the resources that made this amazing Adaptive Adventure possible. This Adaptive Sports Adventure was planned and executed with the help and programs offered by Higher Ground Sun Valley.  Higher Ground Sun Valley (HGSV) is located in  Ketchum, Idaho . HGSV provides adaptive recreation programs year round for individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities in Boise Idaho. They generously welcomed Making Dreams Come True's participant Brooke Brown and her Personal Assistant Jonathan Dobson. Something to note is, Brooke had just been in the hospital with a very serious health complication one month prior to this trip.

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By: Jennifer Adams

Making Dream Come True's first ever Adaptive Sports Adventure was planned and executed with the help and programs offered by Higher Ground Sun Valley.  Higher Ground Sun Valley (HGSV) is located in Sun Valley Idaho. HGSV provides adaptive recreation programs year round for individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities in Boise Idaho.  They were so generous to welcome  Abigail Dameg from Hawaii.  Abigail  is a vivacious, extra-abled gal. She had never seen snow or experienced cold temps before her Adaptive Sports Adventure with Higher Ground.

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Jennifer Adams the CEO of Making Dreams Come True Inc. was invited to be a guest speaker at Memorial Rehabilitation Hospital in Hollywood Florida for Memorial Rehabs Thanksgiving Celebration for Memorial Rehab's support groups. The topic of Jennifer's presentation for this special occasion was "Why We Are Thankful."

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 Memorial Rehabilitation Institute provides holistic rehabilitation services for people who's lives have been suddenly and drastically changed from an injury. The mission of Memorial Rehabilitation Institute is to heal the mind body and spirit of those they touch. MRI's (Memorial Rehab Institute) Adaptive Sports and Recreation program provides out door adventure opportunities for MRI patient and the greater south Florida extra-abled community. They offer a range of adaptive activities such as bowling, cycling, mountain biking, rowing, water aerobics, fishing, rugby, wheelchair basketball, and wheelchair tennis.

If you know anyone in South Florida that would benefit from these services please refer them to Ray Shipman Manager, Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program Memorial Rehabilitation Institute email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Phone: 954-518-5573

 By: Jennifer Adams

 

In the recent past I was introduced to Marilyn and Ellyse Zosia the Founders of IAMADAPTIVE at a local Expo in Hollywood Florida. While in the moment of meeting these powerhouse women I felt the energy of destiny surrounding us.  IAMADAPTIVE is a movement that celebrates the shine of the global extra-abled community.  Recently IAMADAPTIVE opened an adaptive gym in Doral/Miami Florida called The Matrix Miami http://www.thematrixmiami.com/.    This gym provides insurance approved Physical Therapy, strength and endurance training and I have had the privilege of being one of their first costumers. The adaptive equipment provided and an adaptive attitude among the coaches and physical therapist makes this gym an adventurous, challenging and safe place for extra-abled individuals to get stronger physically and emotionally.  For the past month I've been working with the Head Coach Kris Osuna @krisosuna and Physical Therapist Leah Kron @leahkron. Leah works with me on dexterity, flexibility and alignment and Kris is designing an individualized strength training regime for me. Both have taken the time to observe my unique strengths and challenges to create a regime that best fits me as an adaptive athlete.  Their collaboration and expertise are empowering me to become stronger by connecting me to a greater sense of self as an adaptive athlete. In the short time that I have trained with them I have observed a huge difference in my strength and endurance both physically and emotionally. I have also had the chance to learn a new performance art, Areal Dancing, with  owner and Yoga Instructor, Johanna Eckardt @stardustfitness of Stardust Fitness http://www.stardust.fitness/, located upstairs in the Matrix building.  Areal Dancing has been a fun new adventure for me!It has been such a fun experience to learn how to fly and twirl while suspended off the ground.  Johanna creates an amazing atmosphere of peace and support that has really allowed me to grow as a performing artist. Johanna has lovingly challenged me to get uncomfortable and stretch my limits which has expanded my mind and allowed me to grow as an individual. If you live in Miami check out her studio times and take her classes.  They are so fun! I am grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with all of these amazing trainors and I look forward to all that will transpire as we continue to work together! Check them out for yourself!

On Memorial Day I had the fun opportunity to visit my sponsor, Gatorland. My friend Ariel came with me and we had a blast! First we met all the wonderful staff, a group of very positive cool people.  Then Mark Mchugh the President and CEO of Gatorland and Julie Barroes the Director of Marketing gave us a personal and exclusive tour of the amusement park.  We heard stories of each exotic animal and how they came to the park.  The stand out animal for me was the albino Gators, they are pure white with blue eyes.  Then I took 2 thrilling turns riding the accessible zip line. So fun! It's a beautiful thing through the leadership of Mark and his team, they have created an inclusive experience at Gatorland.  The accessible zip line puts extra-abled people in a secure hammock harness that attaches to the same zip line that able bodied customers ride, my friend Ariel rode the zip line with me. I would take a turn and she would ride the zip line after I got to the end. That's what makes this inclusive experience fun, your friends can join you in the experience. The hammock provided comfortable support for me and I felt secure. I highly recommend you check it out!  As if that wasn't thrilling enough, following the zip line experience Ariel and I were given another tour of Gatorland from the Gator Wrasslers Donny and Andrew. We had the chance to "wrassle a gator"  so to speak.  Donny and Andrew taped up an alligator's mouth and had me sit on its back and take a picture.  Kinda scary, but very thrilling.  Next they gave Ariel and I an exclusive viewing of the Florida Panther Lucy.  What a beautiful creature!  For the finally, Donny brought out his petable animals to meet us which included an exotic lizard, a tarantula, and a boa constrictor.   I held all of these animals.  Scary but super cool!!! Next Julie and the marketing staff treated us to lunch. To end our experience Ariel and I went into the petting zoo and fed the cute baby goats. I am so thankful to Mark and the wonderful staff at Gatorland for this fun experience. Go check out this fun amusement park yourself.  Learn more at www.gatorland.com  

 

Last Saturday I had the privilege of being a guest speaker and performer at the Adaptive Sports and Recreation Expo for Memorial Rehabilitation Institute in Hollywood Florida! The expo drew attendees from all over South Florida.  The focus of the expo was to gather participants and community members involved in the adaptive movement in South Florida.  There were vendor booths offering information for many adaptive sports and recreation opportunities in South Florida.  Some powerhouse names in the South Florida adaptive community were there, such as IAMADAPTIVE and the adaptive basketball team the Fort Lauderdale Sharks, who showed off there mad skills during the expo. I met the extra-ordinary Founders of IAMADAPTIVE Marilyn and Ellyse Zosia.  IAMADAPTIVE's mission is made up of 3 main goals which help strategize and implement many innovative avenues to aid in ridding the world of the words "handicapped & disabled." We are all adaptive! All I can say is Amen to that! As a guest speaker and performer I shared my story and a dance performance during the expo.  After the expo I met Doug Zeran who is also from Tacoma. As we talked I discovered that he is the CEO of Memorial Rehabilitation Institute! What a great connection! Wow! The video of my dance performance was shared by IAMADAPTIVE via Instagram after the expo and has over 30,000 hits. This event left me buzzing with positivity!  I am so grateful to be part of the global adaptive movement that is going strong here in South Florida.

  

 

On March 19th I had the privilege of adaptive surfing with one of MDCT's partners Surf Quest in Saint Augustine Florida for the second time.  My sister and her husband live close by so they brought their 8 children to the surfing event. 3 of their 8 children are extra-abled.  It was another amazing time of inclusive fun and surfing for all!

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