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Give Kids Magic Arms
Help Magic Arms bring a life-changing 3D-printed exoskeleton to kids with arm muscle disabilities
If you couldn’t move your arms above your waist, how would you feed yourself? Scratch an itch? Open a door? Lots of kids face these problems every day, that is why we created Magic Arms.
Over 50,000 children in the U.S. and more than 500,000 children worldwide suffer from rare diseases and conditions that prevent them from using their arms. We founded Magic Arms to bring a life-changing 3D-printed exoskeleton to these children so they can do what was once impossible, like hugging their parents, brushing their teeth, feeding themselves, or just playing a game. This technology works and has changed children’s lives, but it is not yet accessible to many children. We need your help to set up care centers so children can get their own Magic Arms and fulfill our waiting list of over 200 children. Our stretch goals will fund a redesign of our exoskeleton (the “Magic Arms orthotic”), and bring Magic Arms to kids who do not have access to health care.
We are partnering with leading children’s hospitals to develop care centers to help more children and families worldwide. Working with the top doctors and researchers, we will continue to collect crucial feedback on children’s outcomes with Magic Arms. This will give us the insight we need to improve our product and expand medical reimbursement.
Our distribution of the Magic Arms orthotic is bottle-necked because there is only one care center and only one trained expert who can fit kids with Magic Arms. Your donation will help us set up regional care centers, train clinicians to fit the device, and create an inventory that can meet the current and growing demand for Magic Arms.
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It began in a small church in Detroit, Michigan, when entertainer Danny Thomas prayed to the forgotten saint of hopeless causes. “Show me my way in life and I will build you a shrine.” From these humble beginnings, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and ALSAC, the hospital’s fundraising organization, have rewritten medical and fundraising textbooks.
Thomas was a struggling comedian who had reached a crossroads in his life when he made his prayer to St. Jude. Should he continue to strive for his dream of show business success or should he give up his dream and find a steady job that would provide for his family? At his moment of uncertainty, St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes, entered his life.
Soon after his prayer in that Detroit Church, Thomas began receiving job offers for radio plays, then television commercials and eventually in the new medium of television as the star of Make Room for Daddy. But through all his success, Thomas did not forget his prayer to St. Jude. He intended to follow through on his promise. Initially, Thomas conceived of a children’s hospital.
In 1957, Thomas and more than 100 others who had joined his cause met in the Morrison Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, where they drafted a constitution and by-laws for the “non-profit, non-sectarian, charitable corporation titled ALSAC … dedicated to the parable of the Good Samaritan, to love and care for our neighbor, regardless of color or creed.” ALSAC was officially incorporated as a non-profit corporation on November 1, 1957 by the state of Illinois.
"As ALSAC celebrates its 50th anniversary, we recognize the organization's unwavering support for St. Jude," said John P. Moses, chief executive officer for ALSAC, which was established for the sole purpose of raising funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
“We are immensely proud of the fact that no child has ever been turned away from St. Jude because of an inability to pay. And we at ALSAC know that our success – and the success of the hospital – has been solely dependent on the kindness and generosity of our donors.
ALSAC was founded on the principle of the Good Samaritan. We have been fortunate to know and call as friends hundreds of thousands of good-hearted donors in our half-century of service.”
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The daily operating cost for St. Jude is nearly $1.8 million, which is primarily covered by public contributions
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