Meet Zeke

Meet Zeke

Age: 3

Helping Hand: Ninja Turtle

 

Ezekial, also known as Zeke, is our youngest Helping Hand recipient to date, receiving his prosthetic hand at the age of just 3 years old. Zeke’s hand is an elbow powered prosthetic and with the simple bend of his elbow he is able to control the fingers of the device.

Zeke and his family traveled from Mesa to the MORE Foundation laboratory in North Phoenix on Halloween in 2018.  Dressed as Mikey from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles it was clear that he was ready for trick-or-treating that night. The only thing he needed was his custom-made Ninja Turtle inspired helping hand to complete his look. For the first time, he was able to trick-or-treat with both hands, one holding the bucket and the other grabbing his candy.

Born without his right hand, Zeke was only able to draw, hold on to a bike or throw with his left hand. Since receiving his Helping Hand, Zeke is now able to hold onto objects with his affected hand more easily and have better balance on his bike.

“Seeing the joy and excitement on Zeke’s face when he saw his new helping hand that resembled Mikey’s watching him use it for the first time is why we do what we do. The impact of these helping hands are limitless, and it was special to see the joy it brought to such a young child.” – Dr. Marc Jacofsky, Executive Director of MORE Foundation

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Meet Lily

Meet Lily

Age: 6

Helping Hand: Frozen

 

Lily’s hand was another first for the MORE Foundation team to create because we worked remotely with her family through video conferencing technology since she lives halfway across the country. This dynamic Six-year-old was gifted a Frozen themed hand in honor of Queen Elsa, her favorite Disney character.

Lily’s Helping Hand is a wrist powered prosthetic. This means that with the bend of her wrist, Lily can control the fingers of the hand and use it just like anyone else. Since receiving her Helping Hand, Lily can do everyday activities such as get dressed, tie her shoes, and gained the confidence of a Disney queen she once did not have before.

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Meet Eric

Meet Eric

Age: 8

Helping Hand: Spider-Man

 

In May of 2019, Eric and his family traveled from New Mexico to North Phoenix for the gift of a Spider-Man inspired Helping Hand provided by the MORE Foundation.

Eric’s helping hand is an elbow powered prosthetic, so with just the bend of his elbow, Eric can control the fingers of the hand and is discovering new skills and activities. Since receiving his Helping Hand, Eric is able to ride a bike and his parents report he is showing confidence he did not have before. 

With his new Helping Hand and his newfound confidence, Eric is a superhero to us all.

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Meet Rumi

Meet Rumi

Age: 7, 9

Helping Hand: BB8 – Star Wars

 

Rumi and her family traveled from Apache Junction for the gift of her first Helping Hand in 2018.  This energetic 7 year old wanted to learn to swim but felt she would never be able to learn with just one hand.  MORE Foundation created a custom designed swim fin prosthetic that looked like a mermaid’s tail for Rumi. With the help of a swim instructor at Ability360, Rumi used her swim fin to overcome her fears and really took to the water. Rumi’s inspiring Helping Hands story was featured on TLC’s “This is Life Live” including a live on-air reveal . This featured story covered how the MORE Foundation’s 3D printing technology, was able to customize a Helping Hand just for her, fulfilling her desires- both in functionality and in design. Of course, we also gifted her a grasping hand to complement her swim fin – a multi-colored pastel design of her own creation.

 

Battling through being mistreated by classmates from a young age was rough on Rumi, and it was difficult for her mother and twin sister to watch. However, with her new prosthetic device she had something unique made for her and met many people who supported her in overturning the stigma associated with children with limb differences.

In March of 2020, Rumi had outgrown her original grasping hand and received her second Helping Hand, a new design based on BB8 from Star Wars, with its orange, white and silver theme. She was using the hand to pick up tennis balls and play, just minutes after trying it on for the first time.

 

Rumi’s helping hand is an elbow powered prosthetic, which means that with the bend of her elbow, Rumi can control the fingers of the hand. 

 

Rumi’s mom Caryn recently reported “Rumi now dives, body surfs, board surfs, laps, and carries on in water for hours.” “Rumi has a newfound confidence. Our summer was really changed by our experience with More Foundation’s Mermaid Swim Fin!”

 

After 2 years of working with Rumi and her family, we are thankful that we get to see her and her twin sister, Halo, grow. It is special to see them light up when playing with one another in our lab and telling us all about their favorite activities and funny stories

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Meet Jacob

Meet Jacob

Age: 5

Helping Hand: Storm Trooper

 

Our first Helping Hands recipient, Jacob, is a young boy from Arizona. The MORE Foundation gifted Jacob and his family the custom made, Star Wars-inspired Storm Trooper hand in December of 2017. 

Jacob’s Helping Hand is a wrist-operated prosthetic, meaning that with the bend of his wrist he is able to control his Helping Hand and function in ways that were impossible before.  Jacob is now able to throw a ball, hold a water bottle and even write with a pencil. His custom device even features a pencil attachment which provides him extra support when writing.

The lab here at the MORE Foundation is full of researchers, machines and devices used for research. Children who come in are often fascinated by all of its components and Jacob was no exception. He got the opportunity to spend time in the lab and watch the 3D printer create his new Storm Trooper hand.

Jacob’s hand delivery paved the way for all the Helping Hand deliveries and is an important contribution to our program. It allowed us to clearly show the potential of these devices in improving many different aspects of a child’s life such as functionality, confidence, coordination and muscle strength.

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Meet Myles

Meet Myles

Age: 10

Helping Hand: Dragon

 

In October of 2019, we got the opportunity to attend the Lucky Fin Project’s Halloween Meet-up for kids with limb differences.  There we got to meet Myles, a 10-year-old boy from Arizona with a love for dragons, reading, and working with animals.   On the weekends, Myles volunteers at an animal sanctuary and works specifically with a goat named Bella with her own limb difference that matches Myles’. When Myles is not volunteering, he is busy writing his book all about dragons including their anatomy, physiology and phylogeny.

We are currently building Myles a dragon-themed wrist powered device, that he hopes to use to help his stability when biking and allow him to use his affected hand to hold a pencil and write. Myles will be our 7th hand recipient, and we are so excited to provide him with his prosthesis.  Please continue to follow the developments of his story as he receives the gift of a unique prosthetic.