Hi, it's Danielle!
Our HandBand Pro® Sponsorship Program launched on December 23, 2014, and in these 3 short weeks - with the kindness and generosity of people like YOU, 29 people have been sponsored and received a free pair of HandBand Pro® handbands to help them with grip and hand protection for their wheelchairs!
Each person who requests a sponsor in our program shares a little bit about themselves, and I have been blown away by the positive outlooks and the amazing physical lifestyles that these 'dis'abled people pursue! We've got guys hanging from wings of airplanes, basketball players, racers, rugby players, fishers, hunters, people who play sled hockey and surf - to name just a few! Seriously. These people are inspirational. Despite some very major health and physical limitations, they overcome obstacles every day that most don't even consider. These very active people are facing the daily challenges of paralysis, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, spastic diplegia, ehlers danlos syndrome, osteogenesis imperfecta, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and autism, among others.
I don't know about you, but I take my mobility for granted. It's not something I even think about. I move. I work out. And then I complain that I can't move. Or I complain that I gained 5 lbs over the holidays. Did you even know that in the US alone there are over 3.3 million people who rely on wheelchairs, walkers or crutches for mobility? I am meeting so many incredible people that humble me every day. I can't imagine a day in the life, and yet a lot of these people do so much more than some people I know (myself included). I mean really. I'm beginning to think I'm kind of lazy.
Our goal with the HandBand Pro® Sponsorship Program is to match a Sponsor to a Recipient within one week. Thankfully we have met this goal so far! There has been lots of great feedback from those receiving their HBPs. They love how easy they are to put on and the freedom their hands have. The grip is awesome for their wheelchairs, and they are so happy to wear something that looks so great!
Our list is growing every day, and the need is great. We currently have 15 people in our program waiting for a sponsor and we also have an ongoing sponsorship for ASHA, Inc., a non-profit in West Virginia who distributes gift baskets to newly diagnosed/injured individuals. These baskets contain items to help make rehabilitation stays for people with spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and strokes a little more comfortable, and sponsorships to this group will be added to their gift baskets.
Would you like to sponsor one of these incredible people? Please visit our SPONSOR STORE! Choose the person you'd like to sponsor and add them to your cart and complete the checkout process. We pay the shipping charges, and as a special thank you for helping, we will also email you a $5 HandBand Pro® gift card that you can use on a future purchase! These are a few of the people waiting for a Sponsor:
Thank you so much for your help!