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More than a Model: April

June 15, 2021 3 min read 10 Comments

April is the third featured model in our “More than a Model” series. Below is a sweet shot of April and her daughter Khloe as featured on our website landing page for 2021 summer launch!

woman and child on stand up paddle board

I had the pleasure of a phone call with April earlier this week to find out more about the woman behind the smile. One super fun fact that came to light: after seeing April’s photos on our Instagram feed, a wireless headphone company sought her out to model for them!  In addition to her bourgeoning modeling career (!), April has a LOT else going on.  

How did we find her?

April has been adventuring in our dresses for some time. Nuu-Muu’s designer, Enid, reached out to her via message on Facebook after seeing her post active photos in Nuu-Muu dresses. And it’s no wonder Enid noticed those pics – April is at her happiest either playing in the water or playing on her bike and her joy shines right through the lens.

Woman on mountain biking trail

Her story.

April is an outdoor enthusiast in the truest sense. From SUP to mountain biking to trail running, when she talks about being outside, moving outside, experiencing the outdoors – her energy is incredible. She also has a gorgeous vibe when she discusses her inspiring work.

As the woman behind Adaptive Life Coaches, April’s professional life unites her love of outdoor experiences with her dedication to providing respite and support to people with disabilities. Her mission is to teach life, social, and communication skills with a focus on movement and activity in a one-on-one, non-clinic-based setting. In other words: she takes her substantial experience as a therapist to a non-traditional setting and lets nature help with the healing process. And it works!

Many of the people April supports have minimal exposure to the joys of moving outside. They may be limited physically or have behavioral deficits that make activities complicated. She shared one story with me, about an energetic boy with autism. Initially, their sessions required parental supervision due to some aggressive behaviors. But less than a year later, he is thriving in their action-based therapy sessions that involve running to the beach carrying a weighted backpack – without parental support! The pack added a degree of sensory input that really sunk in and motivated the boy to verbalize his desire to wear it – another win! As April mentioned during our chat, most of us connect with the truth that movement heals us in ways nothing else can. In offering movement-based outdoor coaching experiences, April is providing a beautiful option for families in Bellingham and the surrounding area.

SUP in Parakeet dress

Making an [even bigger] difference.

Although already dedicated to making the lives of people with disabilities more adventure-filled and connected, April didn’t stop with her coaching business. She started The AIROW Project, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, providing community-based outdoor recreational activities for those with disabilities and special needs. From her site:

Many people with physical, mental, and/or developmental disabilities are unable to experience recreational activities due to lack of support, access, and equipment. For example:

  • A veteran who is an amputee may be unable to ride a normal bike.
  • Youth with Autism needs to be safely guided on a bike.
  • A teen with Cerebral Palsy needs additional support to access trails.

April is working hard to support the community and bring joy to those who do not have adaptive gear. In talking with April, I learned:

  • An adaptive bike costs upwards of $6,000 (!!!!!)
  • Many families dealing with disabilities do not have the funds to purchase adaptive equipment
  • It is hard to know what adaptive outdoor gear would work for a specific person without trying it out

The AIROW Project has teamed up with Outdoor for All (with their fleet of adaptive kayaks and bikes) and local Bellingham, WA (Nuu-Muu’s hometown!) businesses to host a few special events in the coming weeks:

Thursday, June 17th        https://kulshanbrewing.com/ is donating $1.00 per pint sold to AIROW!!! Find a friend and get a beer!!

Saturday, June 19th        Free adaptive cycling event at Bender Field, in Lynden, WA

Saturday, July 24th         Free adaptive kayaking event at Lake Padden in Bellingham, WA

Her dream?

April’s current dream is to raise funds for both an adaptive bike and an adaptive chair (an all-terrain, off-road hiking chair that converts to a standard wheelchair) to make Galbraith Trail (her favorite) and other Whatcom County trails accessible to people with limitations. I call it Goal Galbraith. If you’d like to support April’s goals or learn more about her work, you can get in touch with her here.

With love and awe and respect,

Christine

 

 


10 Responses

Susan Huff
Susan Huff

June 23, 2021

That’s amazing April. You have a lot of energy.

Carolyn Jeanneret
Carolyn Jeanneret

June 23, 2021

Fantastic and inspiring. Nuu Muu love and Respect from Tassie Aust CJ xxo ❤ Love the life and energy in your NUU model pics too😘
(Movement Arts and Somatic Therapist past Med and MH SW)

Christine York
Christine York

June 23, 2021

Besides all the amazing things this lady does, I absolutely love seeing how great she looks wearing NuuMuu. It means a lot to me that Nuu Muu shows real, curvy women in their dresses, rather than just the usual size 0 models most companies use.

Connie Reavie
Connie Reavie

June 23, 2021

Congratulations and best wishes to April as she continues on this amazing journey of mentoring and setting a wonderful example for all of us!

Lisa
Lisa

June 23, 2021

Wow! April is amazing & inspiring! She is making a difference in the lives of so many people. I love her passion.

Lilia Ann Abron
Lilia Ann Abron

June 23, 2021

April is amazing. Keep it up, April. I support you and love your Nuu-Muu’s. I wear them all the time when walking, lifting weights, and just moving around. I love them. They dry out quickly, and do not wrinkle. I am going to purchase the black one soon.

Keep up the good work, April. You set a wonderful example for the rest of us to emulate.

Kristina Neary
Kristina Neary

June 23, 2021

April is such an inspiration! Thank you for letting us know more about this powerhouse! She’s definitely making an impact in her community!

Brenda Dotinga
Brenda Dotinga

June 23, 2021

What a wonderful woman and program! And a beautiful model!!
I love how small business’ with so much goodness thrive in Bellingham

Jose banuelos
Jose banuelos

June 17, 2021

I am proud of AP and to know a family member that sits out to make a difference in other peoples lives keep it going AP

Shaun katz
Shaun katz

June 17, 2021

Wow! She is an amazing person!!

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