Refuse 2B Feeble is a non-profit organization in Maine, classified as a tax-exempt public charity by the Internal Revenue Service (#81-4530230) under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).
In 1998, while serving in the navy, Will Smith became ill resulting in End Stage Renal Disease losing the function of his kidneys. Receiving a transplant in October 2001, Will’s struggles with his health and strength were far from over.
He fell ill to a virus, not once but twice, and the second time almost ended his life. Thankfully he survived, however that fateful virus damaged his pancreas leaving him with type 1 diabetes.
As do many transplant recipients, he suffers from several side effects from his medications. Through every challenge Will has maintained a positive attitude to bounce back and return to his healthy lifestyle with a regular fitness regime.
Will is a professional fitness trainer with extensive knowledge and expertise to train the body. As well, he has studied all about nutrition and is well aware of the importance it plays to a healthy journey in life.
After Will’s last health related set back (not to mention over the years he has had over 40 surgeries) Will decided to fulfill his next dream… To create a way to reach as many people as possible through exercise and nutrition, especially those with disabilities. Therefore with Will’s passion to help, along with his knowledge in the industry – REFUSE 2B FEEBLE was born.
We are not disabled. REFUSE 2B FEEBLE.
REFUSE 2B FEEBLE logo – Behind the Scene: Looking at the image you will notice the color red. This is the Japanese symbol for strength. We wanted people to know they are powerful beyond measure despite what they may be going through (physically or mentally). In wearing the symbol (red), one would look into a mirror to see the strength they have. However, when you do this the (red) image is reversed (as to that of the image in white). This would not allow the wearer to see the reminder of their strength. We decided to reverse the strength symbol (color white) so when people would wear it and look into the mirror, they would see their reminder of strength. However, we still wanted others to see the strength in us too (the red image). Hence, we placed both together and got the REFUSE 2B FEEBLE “face of power.” A symbol that will remind us and let the world know we will not go down without a fight. That we have overcome. That we will endure. This is the meaning of the REFUSE 2B FEEBLE symbol. A symbol that is “DEDICATED” in supporting others through the fight of their disability/illness.