Claws from Carter – A Camp No Limits idea comes to life

by Jen Lee Reeves on August 29, 2016 · 0 comments

in 3D Printing

Claws from CarterOne of the coolest things we do each year is attend Camp No Limits. It’s a huge foundation to Jordan’s confidence and abilities. I love it so much, I joined the board. During camp, there are always kids who are learning to ride a bike for the first time. An upper limb difference can make it tricky to find your balance when riding a bike. Jordan figured out her balance with the help of her activity arm.

But there is another awesome option that is inexpensive and came out of camp thanks to the camp’s wonderful physical therapist, Sara. Her sister designed a way to help kids with a little arm use PVC piping to ride their bike. You can see the design by downloading it from here.

I shared the design with Mike Campos whose son, Carter, just turned four. He wanted to give Carter a new bike for his birthday but he couldn’t figure out a way to help him ride. I shared the PVC pipe design and Mike ran with it. Not only did he build one for Carter, he even created a video explaining how you can build one for under $20.

So cool, right? (Also, I love how his video ends with Carter asking if they can have lunch.) I’m so happy Mike is able to not only help Carter ride his bike comfortably, but he wants to help others have the same experience. From learning how to make this adaptive device, Mike is now interested in working within the Enable community and help test designs and build the ongoing work to improve affordable prosthetics for kids and adults. Mike launched a Go Fund Me campaign to help purchase a 3D printer! I can’t wait to see what Mike and Carter have planned in the near future.

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