Not all children are born the same, this is what I often tell my seven year old. She doesn’t understand why, but when I can share stories like this of hope and love she feels better that little kids can get help and be just like everyone else.
Here is Isabella’s Story
Born with a shortened forearm and an underdeveloped hand, Isabella has always felt a bit different from other children her age. Many activities that most kids find easy to learn are more difficult for her, and the prospect of elementary school was a scary one for both Isabella and her concerned family. Through a partnership between 3-D printing experts FATHOM and the nonprofit e-NABLE, Isabella now feels more confident than ever.
When American Greetings found out about the project and Isabella’s love for the Care Bears (in particular Wonderheart Bear), they quickly delivered artwork for the hand and donated a basket of Care Bears toys to help make the presentation truly memorable during the FATHOM team’s visit to the family’s home in Bakersfield, CA, last month. “The e-NABLE and FATHOM teams embody what Care Bears are all about—love, kindness, caring and sharing,” said Sean Gorman, President of American Greetings Entertainment. “Our team was touched by Isabella’s story and are so happy that the Care Bears could help make this moment so special for her.”
Isabella is also particularly interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) after working extensively with FATHOM Applications Engineer Bethany Casarez and Industrial Designer Ava DeCapri, the young women who created her customized prosthetic. When FATHOM joined the e-NABLE network, Casarez and DeCapri were excited to use the company’s creativity and expertise for a cause greater than itself—the experience was even more impactful than they imagined. “We’ve seen Isabella start to identify with the community of people using and making prosthetics,” DeCapri said. “Maybe down the line we’ll see her become an engineer or designer! I’m really proud to show Isabella that women are a big part of the science community. Not only did this young lady get her hand, she now has a passion for something that will help others in some way when she grows up.
Learn more about Isabella, e-NABLE, and how the 3D printed prosthetic was made: www.studiofathom.com/prosthetic
I am proud to be a Share Your Care Ambassador, so I can share stories like Isabella’s and other children who are helped with love, kindness and sharing.