Support MORE Foundation's Helping Hands program and lend a child the hand they need.
Who does this program benefit?
- Children and youth who have upper extremity differences, including birth deformities and traumatic injuries that cause loss of function of the hand and wrist.
- Families that cannot afford prosthetics for their children who exhibit upper extremity functional challenges.
The MORE Foundation will use 3-D printer technology to custom make prosthetic hands for children at no cost to the family. Our volunteers and engineers will take simple measurements of the hand in need, upload those measurements to the computer, and print a customized prosthetic within hours. Volunteers will assemble and fit the hands while our network of hand doctors and hand therapists will assist with training and rehabilitation plans.
Since children grow and develop rapidly, and prosthetic hands can be very expensive, insurance companies frequently deny coverage for children's prostheses. Add to that the number of uninsured children that cannot afford prostheses, and there is a great need for assistance in this area. Since motor coordination and dexterity develop more rapidly during youth, this represents a critical time to develop the coordination and skills required to successfully operate a prosthetic limb. Denying a child the prosthesis they need creates a lasting deficit in their function and ability to complete activities of daily living. No child should be denied a prosthesis and fall behind their peers in the development of dexterity, social interaction, and self-confidence.