Turning 40 is a milestone event for many, but it was especially so for Joey Morin.
Joey has cerebral palsy and finding a way to get enough exercise to keep in shape has been a struggle.
He has experience playing the precision ball game, boccia, along with some wheelchair rugby but as he neared the 40-year mark, Joey noticed the telltale signs of middle-age spread.
“I weighed close to 200 pounds,” the Edmundston man says of his old weight. “Now, I have lost almost 50 pounds.”
His secret: a multisport wheelchair and a handcycle offered through the adapted sport and recreation equipment loan service of Ability New Brunswick.
The equipment allows Joey to use his muscles while improving his mobility and his sense of independence. They have been a major factor in his significant weight loss.
“It made such a difference being able to move more,” he says. “I feel so much better.”
Joey is delighted with the support he receives from Ability New Brunswick, especially in terms of accessing equipment to make his life easier.
“They are a huge help,” he said. “It’s a comfort knowing they are there when I need them.”