Jordan is so content at Camp No Limits. She loved showing off her helper arms.
It takes $500 to send one child to Camp No Limits. It’s one of the most supportive and special camps I know that supports the full family in the world of limb differences. It’s become the focus of our love and fundraising for many years. It’s a place where Jordan feels loved, trusted and she’s learning to mentor other kids. She’s at peace there.
A week and a half ago, I wrote from the heart about how I feel about staring and it’s opened an incredible number of conversations with people I know and don’t know. The input has been stunningly supportive. So many of us understand the struggle that comes from being different or having a loved one with a difference. So many of us understand that we all need to open up conversations to talk about staring, talk about how we are all different, and talk about how we can all be more caring.
It’s a bit overwhelming to me.
While I was out of town on work travel for the last eight days, my post on staring was republished in my town’s news website. I don’t even know if it was printed in the paper version. But I know I’ve had another round of kindness come my way. In the last 12 hours, that kindness has gone beyond words and it’s made a difference for Camp No Limits. In the last 12 hours, THREE kids will now be able to attend camp thanks to two very large donations. THREE KIDS. I’m so honored. And of course, this is just the beginning of our fundraising efforts for 2015. It’s very exciting.
I shared my heart and I feel like I can also say it’s helping make a difference. And that’s because of you. You are sharing these posts. You are donating to camp. You are talking to your kids and telling them that we can all change for the better.
Jordan got to see how an e-NABLE hand works during Camp No Limits
There’s a one-of-a-kind event happening later this month and it kind of kills me that I am going to miss it. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go! e-NABLE is holding a one-day conference bringing 3D printing experts together with prosthetic experts… and maybe even you! The volunteer-based organization is making waves all across the country by creating inexpensive and creative hands and arms for limb different kids and adults.
For the first time (the group is a little more than a year old), e-NABLE is holding a one-day conference at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. The goal is to bring 3D printers together with prosthetists. How cool is that? The engineering of building custom-made 3D printed products is happening, but there may be even more knowledge that can be added into the designs from years of work from traditional prosthetics. I can’t wait to see what comes of it.
Families of children with limb differences and adults with limb differences are welcome to attend the event for free. Veterans are also free. Tickets for students and medical students are $15. The cost to attend goes up to $50 for medical professionals and the general public. That’s a pretty great deal. I know of limb difference families and adults planning to attend… But we have family in town that weekend so Born Just Right won’t be able to attend. You can click here to snag tickets.
There are a few designs for below elbow prosthetics, many for hand differences and 3D printer arms designed for above elbow amputees are getting better designs. I can’t wait to see what will come from this meeting. So many people committed to using this awesome technology for good. I can’t only imagine what will happen after this event. You can find all of the details about Prosthetists Meet Printers online!