Stand With Me Summer 2016
Organized by: Riley Lieber
We are currently raising money to help us travel to South America to distribute more standers and to help maintain and improve the standers already in place. Mission Statement of Stand With Me: To develop, produce, and distribute affordable therapeutic home-care devices for children and adults around the world, while being a Christian ministry to our volunteers, patients and sponsors. Current Goal: To ensure that every child who needs a pediatric stander has access to one in their home. We are currently focused on distribution the developing world because the organizations we are working with have well established patient bases in these areas. Future goals: Once we are able to succeed with the pediatric stander, we will rapidly move to develop other needed devices for international use. In the Fall of 2013 at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, we worked to identify a social need in the area of mobility or portability and implement a creative and effective solution. Scott’s experience with healthcare and rural medicine led us to identify a need for pediatric standing frames, which are devices that help children with severe disabilities to stand in an upright position and perform weight bearing exercise. Weight bearing exercise for a minimum of one hour per day is critical for normal development and has huge health benefits including development of muscles and bones, improved respiration and circulation, as well as better bowel function. Standers have enormous social benefits for the child as well. A stander allows a child to be up in the middle of the action of the home, interacting with the world in a normal vertical position instead of lying isolated on a mat in the corner of the room. Many patients across the globe do not have a stander for daily home therapy due to the exorbitant cost of such devices. Standers available on the market today cost more than $1,000 and can cost as much as $8,000. They are also composed from many complicated and unique parts. Stand With Me has developed a pediatric stander for children aged 3-7 that meets the rigorous specifications required by physical therapists while being is cost effective, adjustable and comfortable. Our pediatric stander is unique in many ways, however, one of the distinguishing features is that it is composed entirely of parts which are universally available in hardware stores around the world. This design feature is essential because if a part becomes lost or damaged it can be economically and easily replaced by the user. Additionally, Stand With Me can ship partially assembled standers to many locations which can easily be assembled by the client. This allows for low assembly cost, and faster delivery, with more expert maintenance and repair support.