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How Much Did Stroll 'N Roll Raise?

Many thanks for a successful and special day at this year's Stroll 'N Roll fundraising event. More than 600 people of all ages and abilities gathered on Sunday, September 22, in Verona Park in New Jersey for Kessler Foundation's 18th Annual Stroll 'N Roll, presented by ShopRite and Gibbons, to prove abilities are what matter.

Together we raised over $200,000 to advance rehabilitation research and employment initiatives that return people with disabilities to their homes, their communities, and the workplace. The generosity of champions like you made this happen.

Inspiring leaders created teams of champions to give back, prove abilities are what matter, and raise funds to advance rehabilitation research and employment for people with disabilities. A special thank you goes to the team with the highest fundraising total, Team Dubas - James Caldwell High School, and the team with the most members, Team Sam. Thank you so much, Sam Good (pictured left, with her family) and Bob Dubas (pictured right, with his wife)!

Winning team photos

We are thankful to have an amazing Stroll 'N Roll committee. Our committee chair, Alyce Halchak and her company, Gibbons, have been true champions of Kessler Foundation's mission for nearly two decades. Janice Beauchamp and her company, Pfizer, also shared their support for rehabilitation research and employment initiatives for people with disabilities by generously sponsoring Stroll 'N Roll and being being an exhibitor at the park that day.

Also on the Stroll 'N Roll committee are a few of our incredible research participants. They have become champions for other people living with disabilities. Read their stories:

  • Stroke Participant walking in ekso with scientist Karen nolanAfter sustaining a stroke while competing in a triathlon, Mike (pictured, right, walking in the exoskeleton with Kessler Foundation researcher, Dr. Karen Nolan, left) joined two Kessler Foundation research studies. In one study he walked in Indego, a robotic, battery-powered exoskeleton. He rebuilt his strength, improved his balance, and regained his independence. Mike later joined Kessler Foundation's board of trustees to help others in need.
  • rosalie hannigan, kessler foundation research participant, in wheelchairRosalie Hannigan, a long-time Kessler Foundation friend, lives with a spinal cord injury and proves that abilities are what matter. After her injury, Rosalie was treated at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and participates to this day in Kessler Foundation research to build on her recovery. Now, Rosalie wants to help others. In addition to serving on the Stroll 'N Roll Committee, she fundraises for Kessler Foundation and shares her experience to help others with spinal cord injury. 

Still want to support Stroll 'N Roll? It's not too late to make a gift. Your support has a direct and profound impact. Please contact us if you weren't able to join us at Stroll 'N Roll, and you gave or raised $25 or more, so you can schedule a time to pick up your shirt from our office in East Hanover, NJ.

Our 2019 Strollers and Rollers at the starting line!

Our 2019 Strollers and Rollers! 

Team Sam, led by Samantha Good.

Team Sam won an event tent at Stroll 'N Roll for having the most team members. Sixteen members registered to join Sam's team. Sam and her team of champions also raised over $2,500! Thank you, Team Sam!

Bob Dubas and wife

Bob Dubas, teacher and coach at James Caldwell High School, is pictured with his wife. Team Dubas- James Caldwell High School won an event tent at Stroll 'N Roll for the highest fundraising total—more than $5,000! Students and faculty from James Caldwell High School supported Bob's fundraising efforts, and strolled or rolled alongside him at Stroll 'N Roll. Thank you, Team Dubas!

politicians at stroll n roll: decroce, schepisi, giblin

NJ Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroceNew Jersey Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi, and NJ Assemblyman Thomas Giblin (pictured left to right) shared their personal stories at Stroll 'N Roll 2019. 

food truck at Stroll n ROll

For the first time, Stroll 'N Roll featured food trucks. Thank you to Silantro Lime Taco, Blue Hippo, Towne Scoop, Thai Elephant, Empanada Lady, and Kona Ice for donating a percentage of proceeds to support Kessler Foundation's rehabilitation research.

NJ Navigators

The North Jersey Navigators always attend Stroll 'N Roll and energetically lead the kick off at the starting line. The NJ Navigators' program teaches and coaches adaptive and wheelchair sports to children and junior athletes with disabilities.

stilt walker with child

Our stilt walker made a tiny friend.

stroll n roll attendees

Stroll 'N Roll is perfect for all ages and abilities—here are some of our guests, enjoying the day in Verona Park with us.

development and research team

Many many thanks from the Development and Research Recruitment Teams to all who came and made Stroll 'N Roll a success. Pictured from left to right; Vicky Queyquep, Carla Basante, Sam Schmidt, Alison Haight, Michele Pignatello, and Cassie Bollinger. 


For more photos of our special day, check out our Facebook page. We'd love to see your photos too! Please post them with #StrollNRoll2019, and tag us on Facebook (@Kessler Foundation) and Instagram (@KesslerFdn).

Join us next year in Verona Park on Sunday, September 27, from 10 AM to 1 PM!