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The Ability Center

CREATED Sep. 12, 2013

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  • Damian Buchman, founder of The Ability Center

  • Live anthem. Soo good. Goosebumps. Tx Tosa West! -Jodi Becker

  • Tosa West choir gals prepping to sing the national anthem. Come see us at Cranky Al's! -Jodi Becker

  • My guys @gmatzek and @genemueller prepping at Cranky Al's. Come see us! The coffee rocks. Greg's chai is great too. -Jodi Becker

  • Al's got no time to be cranky...he's making treats for us! @genemueller @gmatzek -Jodi Becker

  • Ohhhhh yes! @crankyals in Tosa -Jodi Becker

  • Live anthem. Soo good. Goosebumps. Tx Tosa West! -Jodi Becker

  • @gmatzek just got the best doughnut surprise!!!! #jealous -Jodi Becker

  • Ohhhhh yes! @crankyals in Tosa -Jodi Becker

  • @genemueller 's gorgeous daughter and Tosa resident stopped by. We Love Wisconsin! -Jodi Becker

  • Come say hi at Cranky Al's! -Jodi Becker

WAUWATOSA - Damian Buchman was nearly 13 years old when he was diagnosed with a rare and deadly form of bone cancer.  Odds of survival were extremely low.  At the time, no one had survived his diagnosis.

"I was given a 10% chance to live," Buchman told me recently.  "Here I am alive and well.  No one expected me to make this journey."  
 
"Now I've been given a vision that I believe is the reason why I survived."
 
Buchman's dream is The Ability Center. It's a facility where people with disabilities and the able-bodied are on equal footing.
 
"My (goal) is to realize a fitness, athletic, and wellness facility designed for people with disabilities and their families."
 
Buchman wants this one-of-a-kind institution built in Wauwatosa.
 
"We build it through philanthropy, through community, we build it through sponsorship."