Ability Fitness Plans Paxton Service Center, Readies for Golf Fundraiser

A charity golf tournament will be held on Monday, June 5, at Loudoun Golf and Country Club in Purcellville to benefit Ability Fitness Center, a Loudoun nonprofit working to open a fitness and wellness center in Leesburg for spinal cord injury survivors and others whose impairments keep them from using commercial gyms.

Shannon and Billy Grey, of Purcellville, are both the fitness center board members leading the effort.

“Over the past 5 years, the tournament has been able to raise funds and awareness. We would not be where we are today, if it was not for the support of our amazing community,” said Billy Gray, who injured his spinal cord in a swimming pool accident as a teen. “Team spots, sponsorships and dinner tickets are still available.”

Ability Fitness Center’s founder Rob Wall and Chairman Fred Hetzel also are spinal cord injury survivors. After receiving intensive therapy for their quadriplegia—Wall in California, Hetzel in Atlanta and Louisville—both have lost function since returning home to Loudoun because of the lack of accessible exercise.

AFC has partnered with The Paxton Campus on Catoctin Circle in Leesburg to create a special needs exercise and wellness facility. The permitting process is underway. AFC will provide equipment that will also serve stroke survivors and children enrolled at the campus who have physical and mental challenges. AFC helps adults and children experiencing paralysis from strokes, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, Parkinson’s disease, balance disorders, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and other neurological conditions and disabilities.

A big part of AFC’s financial support comes from the annual golf tournament at Loudoun Golf and Country Club in Purcellville. To play in the tournament or to make a donation, go to abilityfitnesscenter.org.

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