The mission of the Teddy’s Star Fund
is to provide the best Assistive Technology available for severely disabled
persons at no cost.
For over fifteen years, the Teddy’s Star
Foundation has made it possible for people with severe disabilities not
only to expand their own lives, but also to contribute to the development
of the lives of us all via the benefits of Assistive Technology. According
to a study initiated by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, there
are nearly 1 in 50 people living with paralysis -- approximately 6 million
people. And that number is nearly 33% higher than previous estimates showed.
It means that we all know someone -- a brother, sister, friend, neighbor,
or colleague -- living with paralysis.
The costs of living with paralysis are
considerable, especially when spinal chord injuries are involved. The costs
also can vary depending upon the severity of the disability. First-year
costs can start at $300,000 and rise over $1 million in some cases. Annual
expenses thereafter can range from $40,000 to nearly $200,000 for the most
severe of the group. Mobility options are a subset of these expenses. Insurance
and government plans can help, but many among us still run short when it
comes to acquiring even the basics of common care.
Our latest project has been to provide
an automated chair lift apparatus for a van for a disabled person and his
family in Kentucky. Through our contacts with the Veterans’ community through
“Still Serving Veterans”, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit Veterans Service Organization,
we have determined that veterans have an enormous need for automated chair
lifts. Although the VA provides over $820 million per year in transportation
assistance for nearly 23 million veterans today, there are numerous stories
of veterans not being able to reach a VA facility. Efforts are ongoing
to help in this area.
We are presently working on a specific
fundraising project to provide mobility solutions for two young children
in Alabama with severe disabilities. We are partnering with local community
and church leaders and with Rifton Equipment, www.rifton.com.
For 25 years, Rifton’s The MOVE® program has helped people with disabilities
learn to sit, stand, walk and transition so they can participate more fully
in family and community life. More details on the ongoing project may be
found on our Home Page.
Please become a Donor, and join us and
our other generous Donors in helping veterans and others in need of cost-effective
mobility options to obtain the freedom they desire.
Unless a person has been in the shoes of
someone who has a handicapped loved one, they have no idea what a foundation
such as this one can mean. While few persons who are handicapped have the
resources to finance equipment that is needed to make life a little easier,
many do not. As a consequence, those who do not have the resources have
to live their life with limited ability to perform even simple tasks such
as getting in and out of a vehicle. As an illustration I would like to
tell my son's story:
In 2005, at age 32, my son began to lose
the use of his legs (a result of a car accident when he was 5 weeks old)
and, as the years progressed, he became more immobile...to the point that
he was confined to a power-chair and had to be lifted in and out of the
van. Then in 2015 while helping Daniel into our van I dropped him and fractured
his hip. After that, he and I both were fearful of another fall as the
orthopedic surgeon informed us that another fall could result in a total
hip replacement. Thus we limited on going anywhere and only went out when
Unfortunately, our van would not accommodate
a lift. So I began searching for alternative devices that the van would
accommodate. I found a device called the valet seat but the price
was far beyond what I could afford. I began searching organizations
that help handicapped persons but after sending letters and talking to
many of these organizations I was at the verge of giving up. Finally, I
found an organization called the Teddy's Star Foundation. I contacted this
organization and explained my son's situation and told them about the valet
seat. Even though they had never heard of this device, they made an effort
to research it, contact the company that installs them, and then called
me with the news that they would fund the seat, which costs more than eight
thousand dollars. You cannot image what a difference this one device made
in my son's life. He could now go places again without being afraid of
falling and I could safely load and unload him.
As I stated earlier, unless you have a
handicapped loved one you cannot image what an organization such as this
is worth. The Teddy's Star Foundation is a wonderful, God sent organization
that really cares about people and does what they are say they will. I
would like to thank them for being there when we needed them most, but
most of all I would like to thank them for caring and understanding the
struggles of those who cannot help themselves and need someone who cares
and is willing to put forth an effort to help.
Thank you so much Teddy's Star Foundation,
I will never forget what you have done for my son!
Jackie E. Napier
with a young football player who received grants from Teddy's Star presented
Teddy's Star Director Bud Carson can
now control his environment by talking on the phone, turning on the lights,
adjusting and changing channels on his TV and so much more.
the Patio of the Pelican Hills Golf
course just prior to playing
a round of golf
using the kind of Assistive
provided by Teddy's Star.
This unit of Assistive Technology,
adopted by Teddy's Star, allows complete and comprehensive access to a
computer with only head movement or change in facial
expression. It was
this unit, a product of Madentec Ltd. combined with other Assistive Technology
from Microsoft Inc., that enabled men and women with quadriplegia to play
golf right along side able bodied golfers in the Real
Abilities Charity Golf Tournament 2000 hosted by the Teddy's
has enabled Bill Miller,
an artist and Advocate for
Disabilities too not only
resume painting but
to be a winner in the Real
Golf Tournament 2000.
Mr. Miller produced a
commemorative painting for
entitled "No Flag Too
Click on the link below
Mr. Miller's web site the
Teddy’s Dad and
I believe that the best way to honor our son and his memory is to continue
his record of helping others. Teddy’s Star~A Foundation For Hope was planned
to do just that. Our goal at the Foundation is to provide, at no cost to
the recipient, Assistive Technology to persons who need it, but cannot
afford it. I ask you to join with us in this cause. Your tax-deductible
contribution today will provide hope for someone tomorrow. With your
help we will turn Teddy’s Star into a Galaxy of Stars of Hope for those
who need our help.
Mary M. McLaughlin
people to do ordinary things... click here to send your tax
deductable contribution. Please, do it today!