The Magic of a Hug

The Magic of a Hug

Stroke victim regains the power of giving hugs

CBS Sunday Morning

After a massive stroke eight years ago, Kevin Eubanks, of Paragould, Ark., lost the ability to use his left arm – and he has missed hugging with both arms ever since. Now, four occupational therapy students at Arkansas State University have gotten together to invent a piece of adaptive equipment to allow Eubanks to hug his grandchildren again.

Happy Father’s Day!

be kind . be grace . be there for each other


The 84 year old self-taught coder who took things into her own hands

The 84 year old self-taught coder who took things into her own hands

After Learning to Code at 81, She Made a Game for Fellow Seniors

Great Big Story

Three years ago, Masako Wakamiya noticed the lack of fun game apps for senior citizens and created her own at the age of 81. It’s called Hinadan, and it’s inspired by a traditional Japanese doll festival. Great Big Story met Wakamiya, now 84, in Kanagawa, Japan, and learned how this self professed ‘IT evangelist and digital creator’ is empowering other senior citizens to make the most of technology.

On a personal note this woman is my HERO!  I’m currently diving into some new tech and coding education and I am taking her story as a complete inspiration!  


Be Kind . Be Grace . Inspire Others . Live by Example


Indigenous Artists Weaving to Save Lives

Indigenous Artists Weaving to Save Lives

The Life-Saving Weaving of Bolivia’s Indigenous Women

By Great Big Story

In the high-altitude city of La Paz, Bolivia, rates of heart problems dwarf those of cities at sea level. But an unexpected partnership between medicine and art is helping address this problem. Doctor Franz Freudenthal is a pediatric cardiologist who created a device that fixes abnormal openings in the heart through a non-invasive procedure. But these tiny, intricate devices cannot be made by machine, so Freudenthal enlisted help from the country’s indigenous Aymara women. With their traditional weaving skills, they knit these life-saving devices by hand. It’s the perfect blend of technology and artistry.

Rebuilding from a New Perspective

Rebuilding from a New Perspective

By Boyd Huppert / KARE 11 Minneapolis, MN

RANDOLPH, Minnesota — The Firebirds, Chevelles and Camaros are gone from Bill Waldschmidt’s automotive shop.

“Just memories,” Bill says of the cars he once spent hours repairing and restoring.

When the last of the classic cars rolled out of Bill’s shop, different wheels moved in. These days, he toils for hours restoring power wheelchairs.

“Life has been really good to me,” Bill says. “So, I’ve got to pass it on.” 

In that proclamation, Bill’s optimism shines through.

Consider this: At age 4, Bill contracted polio and spent most of his childhood on crutches.

As an adult, he regained enough strength to walk up the aisle unassisted on his wedding day.

But 10 years ago, the retiree’s symptoms returned. Post-polio syndrome put Bill in a wheelchair, chasing the classic cars from his garage and giving Bill perspective he needed to help others.

During the past few years, Bill has refurbished dozens of power wheelchairs he’s then given away to people who can’t afford to buy one.

Don Johnson, a disabled Vietnam veteran, is now the owner of one of Bill’s chairs.   

“I’ve never had a gift like this, never,” says Don, who is missing his right leg. “He’s the kindest man on the planet that I’ve ever met. He does all this out of his heart, just out of the kindness of his heart.”

Given a tip, Bill will drive miles in his handicapped-accessible van to pick up a used power wheelchair.

“He sees no obstacles,” says Gerry Falkowski, program manager for the Donor Connect program of the Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota. “There’s a passion he has that’s hard to describe.”

Bill says he’s found far more satisfaction refurbishing wheelchairs, than restoring cars.

“I delivered a wheelchair to a guy who came out crawling, he had no legs,” Bill says. “He got right up into that wheel chair, biggest smile on his face.”

Bill spent his career working as an engineer for Twin Cities-based Thermo King. Though retired now, the engineer is still at it.

“I think his mind is always being creative and thinking,” says Bill’s wife Mary. “He’s touching so many people’s lives and I’m so proud of him.”

To learn more about how you can learn about how to donate a wheelchair to Bill and/or donate toward his battery replacement fund, follow the link HERE and scroll to the bottom of the article for Bill’s contact information.

Creating Freedom with Technology – the Hero Arm

Creating Freedom with Technology – the Hero Arm

Open Bionics, a UK based startup company located in Bristol has one mission in mind – to “turn disabilities into super powers”.  With the introduction of the Hero Arm, their first bionic prosthetic that is medically certified AND affordable, they have been able to offer a tremendous product that allows its users to individually control the fingers and thumb achieving amazing dexterity and accuracy.  This ingenious and innovative technology is providing freedom and independence to people who once may not have thought such a device was available for them.

Dan Melville, Open Bionics tester and ambassador said, “I didn’t think this kind of technology could be possible, especially low-cost. It’s just crazy, especially what I can do with the arm compared to what I could do with it three years ago. But even back then, that was still mad.”

Watch this video below, read the full article, and check out their website.  This company is doing amazing things and I can’t wait to see what is next for them.

Read the Story Here:
This Customizable Bionic Arm Turns Disabilities Into Superpowers
By:  Seeker / Tech


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