WHO WE ARE
KEEP ON KEEPING ON (KOKO) is a nonprofit organization assisting those living with severe physical disabilities and educating and empowering others to make a difference in their community.
We are a grass roots organization. A true people movement out to change the lives of families struggling with the ongoing costs associated with living with a disability.
Founded in 2007, The Keep On Keeping On Foundation (KOKO) has worked to alleviate the enormous monetary costs of living with a severe physical disability and to educate and empower others to make a difference. Based in the Chicagoland area, KOKO is a young grass roots organization with a passionate following of supporters and volunteers. KOKO assists those living with severe physical disabilities – such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy.
Summer of 2001
Our founder & president Tim Wambach met Mike Berkson – a funny and bright 12 year old living with cerebral palsy.
Mike & Tim head to Washington D.C. for a field trip. Tim gets his first look at a full day in Mike’s life.
Tim runs 717 miles from Orlando, FL to Chicago, IL to raise awareness for cerebral palsy. This run brought together the founding members of KOKO, including Dave Kunicki and Dan Joyce.
Mike and Tim deliver first speech together.
Tim, Dave, and Dan organize KOKO’s first annual Santa Cause Fundraiser.
The Keep On Keeping On Foundation gains 501(c)3 status from IRS.
A 24-hour run was held at Wells Park in Chicago, IL to raise awareness and funds for KOKO. This run also gave KOKO greater exposure in the Chicagoland community and helped form a strong group of volunteers.
Mike and Tim start Handicap This Productions. Their show – which helps KOKO to raise awareness – premiered at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, IL.
KOKO held their 2nd Annual March Forth Awards Ceremony. This night was makred by a special moment in which the foundation was able to give a $10,000 check to a young woman in need of a motorized wheelchair.
The Chicago Booth School of Business awarded KOKO with a funding grant.
KOKO will launch The Accessibility Project, a construction crew monthly project to make residences more handicap accessible.
The #Run4KOKO starts on July 11, 2016. Tim Wambach, KOKO President, will be running 1200 in 42 days between Orlando and Chicago. To join the campaign click here.