Below are the sponsorships that have been fulfilled by awesome people like you! (Unfortunately, all photos went missing when we restructured the Sponsorship page.)
CARROLL PETTIFOR 2/8/17
I'm 42 a single mom of 3 boys my youngest us now 17. They have been taking care of me for several years through surgeries and spinal injections. My latest problem has left me basically bed bound for 2 years. I have a Dysautonomia dysfunction called POTS if I stand for 10-15 minutes my blood pools in my legs and I pass out. My Dr has put me in a wheelchair so that I can get out of bed and try living again. I'm scared, in my room I'm safe. Now I can't walk and this chair scares me but in order to get out of my bed and not pass out I have to use it.
CARROLL PETTIFOR 2/8/17
I have many medical conditions including Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Postural Orthostatic Tacycardia Syndrome, and others. I recently received my wheelchair and it would be great to have better grip when I'm pushing.
CARROLL PETTIFOR 2/8/17
My name is Chris Tiner I've been a quadriplegic every since April 21st, 2011. I've tried numerous type of gloves I have found every pair complicated due to only having 7% use of my right hand and 25 to 30% use of my left hand. I have trouble pulling up and fastening the glove on my left hand with my right hand and minimum complications of doing the same with my right hand.
CARROLL PETTIFOR 2/8/17
I am a wheelchair users, and just recently had another emergency brain surgery and have been dealing with a few issues stemming from that. I would love to be sponsored for a pair of hand band pros to help me grip better in my wheelchair. I know what a amazing product that are. I'm a pretty active person no matter what I face, I live in Colorado one of the most active state in the US. Thank you for considering me.
CARROLL PETTIFOR 2/8/17
A just-turned 41 man with Cerebral Palsy, a non-cancerous Tumor invading T7 to T9 discovered & removed right before I turned 21, and going on 10 years of Chronic Neuropathic Nerve Pain, which feels like gasoline has been injected into my leg muscles. ...and yet life is still good. I'm entering Year 17 with my Significant Other code-named "Dr. Better-Half" (due to her Job cannot have a Facebook presence) who is so extremely beyond me that I know I'm an incredibly lucky Man. I'm a semi-professional Bassist, which means at one point in my life I got *paid* to do Recording Sessions & Live Gigs in my "hometown" of the greater NYC area. I'm also a hack guitarist, attempting to learn my way around the Chapman Stick (http://www.stick.com), and when we stop Renting I'd like a Drum Kit to hit as hard as I can. So that's me: Disabled X3, someone's Significant Other, a Musician, and someone who can wheelie their way down a set of steps after multiple drinks at a Bar even while also on strong pain medication... ?
John Benjamin Tatum
Incomplete Paraplegic due to Guillian-Barre Syndrome, osteoarthtitis in hands arms and spine, Aspergers Syndrome, survivor of 4 heart attacks, a TIA, and currently a cancer patient.
Anna Beideman 10/8/16
I'm a full-time Wheelchair User with multiple rare conditions. I use my wheelchair because my conditions act a lot like MS when you combine them, sometimes this effects the grip-strength in my hands and makes pushing my chair hard. I'm a fairly active 23 year old artist. I live mostly independently so I'm constantly lifting my chair in and out of my car. When it's nice out I do it more because I like to go for strolls around local down-town areas (hunting Pokemon haha). I think Hand Bands would help me keep doing these things by helping me grip my wheels and chair comfortably and securely.
Danica Spendlove 12/1/16
I have Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Peripheral Neuropathy just to start. I am 20 years old and a full-time manual wheelchair user. POTS and EDS are both forms of Dysautonomia, this means my Autonomic Nervous System is faulty. A POTS episode leaves me semi conscious. EDS means my joints subluxate and dislocate very easily. Somebody has to be with me at all times and I will never be able to drive. Peripheral Neuropathy means my hands and feet are numb, pins-and-needles, and burn. This means my hands get scratched up from not being able to feel where I'm grabbing my rims. I would love the freedom of these gloves on hot Summer days and to be able to put a pair over a pair of winter gloves so that my hands can stay dry in the rain. I would love to become more active, but blisters and rim burns prevent this. Will you be my sponsor?
AMBER BOST Jan. 16, 2017
I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis 3 years ago, and recently my hips and ankles have begun having serious problems that are escalating quickly. I'll begin using a wheelchair around Thanksgiving (it's on order), and would love to be able to limit the damage to my hands and wrists (well, above what I already have cause of the RA).
Jessica Rau 12/28/16
I use my my Manual wheelchair all day mostly to go to doctors appointments and I go to the mall and school.
Living on disability it's a struggle to keep lights on, a roof over our heads and food in our bellies. I suffer from Neurofibromatosis type 1. Along with this I also have Arthritis, insomnia, high pain levels mostly in my head due to a tumor (not cancer) wrapping around the nerves in my face. I also have severe depression stemming from years of being made fun of in school. I graduated in 2007 and live in a very small town. Still this many years later my school bullies still make fun of me. I have vision issues and seizures. I also suffer from G.A.D. This stems from people who dont understand service dog laws. I am in a wheel chair a lot and have been sponsored before. These grips are great. Sadly I have used them so much the grip is giving out. Lately my wrists have popped out more often so I am having to try and locate something to help support them. I really really love the style of the pro V3 and think something like that would work wonders for me. My chair is red so something like that would look the best with them.
Hannah Kocher 11/9/16
I'm 24, disabled, and unemployed. I have Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, as well as several co-morbid conditions. I like to be active, but Have been limited. I have recently been promised a manual wheelchair for free, but I need gloves that will help keep my wrists stable and my skin safe.
i am very active person i workout at the gym and play wheelchair sports. i like to go out shopping and sporting events.
I am 18 years old, a college student, with a TBI caused by playing water polo in high school. Because my coaches didnt take me out of playing and I never recieved proper medical care for concussions, I ended up as a wheelchair user. Im hoping to be able to go to manhattan with my friends this summer, but wont be able to handle the steep slopes of NYC without something to help protect my hands from rim burn. I also hope to someday be a wheechair track star but I need to get a pair of handbands to advance further.
I am typing this for my husband, Steve Avey. Steve has Parkinson's Disease and heart trouble caused from being sprayed with Agent Orange in Vietnam. He just now starting to use a wheelchair. My daughter, Casey Long, is a big supporter of HBP and showed me your website for people in wheelchairs. She said you have some that have flags on them.
ANONYMOUS SPONSOR 9/28/16
I'm a 23 year old wheelchair user & forearm crutch user who is passionate about medicine. I'm in my senior year in undergraduate, and will spend the year after applying to medical school. I have an autoimmune disease called Dermatomyositis and I will be seeing a geneticist in November to be evaluated for Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. While my illness makes it very difficult to exercise I always do what I can, when I can to maintain what muscle strength I have.
NANCY MORALES 9/25/16
My name is Erin McCool and Im 36years old and have ceebral palsy I just purchased my first manual wheelchair since high school. I also have an electric chair but would love to build up my strength and stamina and muscle tone and use my new manual chair as my primary wheelchair (my electric is very old as well) but i think getting adept at using my manual will be great for fitness, health and well-being. i took my chair out for the first time today and had a giant blister and cut on my right hand within the hour. my right hand is my weaker side and my grip is not great. Handbands would help a lot i think.
Hi! I am really bad at these but I am a partial wheelchair user that started last year. I have suspected MS and with my age that makes it all the more difficult. I use my chair to get around school and stores and recently lost my gloves at the college. I am a music major so my hands are really important to me. I love handband pro for doing these supports for us wheelchair users :)
Stacey Hood 9/14/16
I'm an active doctoral student in Washington, D.C. My hands get torn up with all the crap on the roads, sidewalks, metro, and buses I rely on to get around here in D.C. Many gloves rob me of the friction I need to really push my rims so I end up bare handed most of the time. I'm excited to try out a new option that will hopefully save my hands. My hands are especially important to me as I am also Deaf and use ASL in addition to spoken English to communicate. Hoping to luck into some awesome Hand Band Pros!
Lindsey Miller 8/12/16
I am 22 years old. I have a t-2 spinal cord injury. I love to read, play computer games, water ski. . . um, what else do I put here?
Bond Henderson August 8, 2016
I've been a c5-c6 quadriplegic for just over 10 years. I'm 30 years old. I've been working about 7-1/2 years post injury and plan on starting my second job teaching at a local college a couple nights a week. I use lather push cuffs to get around, hold silverware among other things. I wear them everywhere so about 16+ hours a day. They're pretty expensive considering their life span. I usually can get 3-4 weeks out of a new pair before I have to have it broken down and sewn back together. After that they Wil last another 1-2 months until they can no longer be repaired and I order replacements. Getting 3 months of use per pair may not seem bad but at $76 a pair, it adds up quick. Anyway, someone told me to check out your product so, here I am.
Samuel Pierson 7/1/16
My name is Hannah, I am 20 years old and live in Sweden. I rely on cane or wheelchair daily and have been looking for something to protect my hands when I found this. I am very active and don't let my disability stop me, mostly going on adventures, training and competing with my dog. It would help me so much to get this kind of protection and allow me more freedom.
Anonymous Sponsor 4/6/16
I am 29 years old and currently and dealing with complications from Compartment Syndrome which is leading to Muscle death and peripheral neuropathy/myopathy. I work as a night auditor at a hotel and I also am an in-home caregiver to an elderly woman. I spend most of my time with her and with church. I am very involved with you youth ministries and children ministries at my church. I used to be very active and always on the go, but with these set backs it has put me in my wheelchair now.(Took us 7 months to finally get). I use my chair every day and have tried many types of gloves to help propel myself and give me extra traction. None of the gloves that I have tried seem to work the way I wanted. I saw a picture of the bands on youtube and could not find them anywhere. I am almost at the point to try and figure out how to make something like it because it seems to be exactly what I am looking for.
Hannah Bockley 3/31/16
I'm 20 years old. I was in a car accident when I was 17 and rely on my service dog and a wheelchair to be able to live a normal life. I suffered a traumatic brain injury which effected my mobility and left me with seizures, as well as some other minor health problems.
My name is Tatyana Schneider and I would be grateful to receive a pair of HandBands. I rely on my wheelchair to get around, and have yet to find any decent wheelchair gloves that actually last. Last year I was lucky enough to be sponsored for my first pair of HandBands, and I instantly fell in love with the product. Not only did I FINALLY find hand protection that was actually practical for use with a wheelchair, but unlike gloves, I didn't have to remove them every time I needed to do "normal" life activities (such as driving, writing, eating etc...) Needless to say they have made my life so much better. Unfortunately my first pair finally "died" and I am in need of replacement. (Though I would like to add that I am blown away by how long they've lasted, as I am not exactly gentle on my gear). I am in my wheelchair due to a Traumatic Brain Injury (from sports), and another condition called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. I try my best to get out there and be as active as possible. One thing I love to do when my health allows it, is to take my service dog for walks as well as go to the gym. I live in a very rural place with brutal winters, and my handbands have been a lifesaver when navigating all the broken pavement, icy roads, hills/mountains. I (and my dog) would be especially thankful if anyone would be willing to sponsor us. I promise that the HandBands would be put to good use. :) Thank you for reading this.
Erika Aragon 3/10/16
I'm 28 years old and have been in a wheelchair since the age of 2. I was born with a rare condition called sacral agenisis which basically means I'm missing half my spine leaving me paralyzed from the waist down. As a kid I was very active and "walked" on my hands 90% of the time for the simple fact I was faster out of the chair. At the age of 10 I developed a pressure sore on one of my knees and was then bound to my chair from then out. Over the next 4 years I put on weight and became less active. For the biggest part of my life I have been excessively over weight and it has caused a big decline in my confidence. But not as I'm pushing 30 I'm ready to take control and I think having proper protection on my hands will help me be more active.
Carroll Pettifor 2/19/16
I am a psychology major and service dog handler in Seattle hoping to develop an equine assisted therapy program for survivors of human trafficking and abuse following graduation. I am very new to a wheelchair, following a rapid progression of my conditions. My wheelchair and my SD have given me the independence to keep working on my degree and pursue my dreams!
Carroll Pettifor 2/19/16
My name is Isha I am 12 years old girl and I have CRS and I am in a wheelchair. I play basketball, baseball and I play kickball( I use my hands ). I love playing sports. My hands are my feet and my hands are my hands are everything.
Anonymous Sponsor 1/7/16
Hello all my name is Lisa and I am a 27 year old female from Iowa with Spina Bifida and I am in a wheelchair. I have l3 l4 level Spina Bfida. I love to hang out with my Service dog in training and with my family and be on Facebook.
Lindsey King 12/23/15
Hi. I am an Army Veteran with a service dog who has recently (two months ago) been placed in a wheelchair for severe back and hip problems related to service. I have several months of wheelchair, and then hopefully walker use before I can (fingers crossed) maybe get back to walking some of the time. I will still need the walker/chair for flares. My service dog, Asha, is an Alaskan Husky who is trained in seizure alert and response, panic attack and PTSD alert and response, and migraine alert. She is now learning mobility training as well.
I found out about you from my friend Tatyana Schneider who I met through a service dog group, and my friend Morgan Hetzel directed me to this page. I saw Tatyana is on the front page, COOL! I've torn up the weightlifting gloves I got at Target, the pair of leaver lined gloves a friend gave me and cut the fingers off came apart at the seams, and normal gloves get soaked in the Oregon weather. Morgan said you can even put these over normal gloves.
Nicole Locke 11/23/15
Jazzy is a spunky 14 year old who relies on a wheelchair to get around, she fights battle with ehlers-danlos syndrome, dysautonomia, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, gastroparesis and many other things.
by Anonymous 11/2/15
Hello! My name is Nicole Reynolds. I am currently enrolled as a student at UW-Madison, although I am only able to complete online classes at the time being due to health challenges. I have a rare hereditary connective tissue disorder called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome that has greatly affected my joints, digestive tract, and nervous system. I also have contracted Lyme disease that has attacked my nervous system. In combination with several autoimmune diseases (Systemic Sclerosis, MCTD, & Antiphospholipid Syndrome), my health challenges have left me unable to walk. But that sure doesn't stop me from moving forward with my life! I have been blessed with a guardian angel and best friend that has given me another chance to live a "normal" life: my service dog, Blaine. Blaine is a 2 year old blue merle smooth collie that serves as a medic alert and mobility assistance dog. Truthfully, it is not safe for me to be unattended without him, as he is the only warning I have to seizures, low blood sugars, and black outs. But with Blaine in my life, I am able to move upward and onward! With the help of a wheelchair, Blaine, and an amazing disability resource center on campus, my family and I are hopeful that I will be able to resume in-person schooling in the upcoming spring or fall semesters. I have been looking at HandBand Pros for a long time. A friend of mine uses them, and I believe they could help me immensely while pushing myself around campus.
If you would like to see some photos of my journey with Blaine, feel free to visit my Instagram page @StillLifeWithBlaine .
I hope everybody reading this has a wonderful day filled with many reasons to smile!
Thank you so much for the consideration,
Sarah Bergman 11/2/15
and also Sponsored by Debbie, Janelle, and Jack! 11/2/15
I am 19 and have Dysautonomia due to this I have paralysis in my legs and neuropathy. Dysautonomia is the malfunction of the autonomic nervous system, and symptoms change rapidly, and can be very dibilitating!! I also have Service dog that helps out alot.. I am hoping to get these hand band pros to help and considering winter is coming i am hoping i can wear gloves under neath these and I have been looking for this type of protection for a very long time!!
Amber Bost 10/4/15
My name is Charlotte, and I have a number of chronic medical conditions that have left me wheelchair bound. I am an active, full time college student and have been searching for a better alternative to gloves. I can't go without them because of blistering, but they can be uncomfortable and seem to fall apart so quickly. I have heard wonderful things about HandBands and am eager to give them a try!
Tasha Henson 10/22/15
I'm 19 years old and have a 2 year old service dog who means the world to me! I have multiple disabilities that cause me to be in a wheelchair and unable to work, they include Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, a recent Traumatic brain injury and fractured neck caused by a bad fall. It would mean so much to me to be sponsored and receive a pair of Hand Band's! Thank you!
I am a single mom with two high energy kids. I use crutches and a wheelchair to (try to) keep up. Loss of sensation in my hands from MS causes trouble; I don't realize I'm damaging my palms until I see blood. When the pain finally kicks in in stays a while and limits our activities. Hand protection will help a lot! We are so much happier on days when we can go outside and healthy hands will help. Thank you!My cat and I accepting a mug of coffee given to me by one of my kids. I think the photo was meant to be of the cat, but I'm in it too.
Lindsey King 12/23/15
I have Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in both feet, all the way up to my thighs, and also in my back. CRPS is a syndrome that causes the most severe chronic pain currently known. There is no real treatment, there is no cure. Because of this severe pain, I am unable to walk more than very short distances. I can't even do grocery shopping without my wheelchair. I have also discovered that it is almost impossible to find a decent pair of wheelchair gloves that doesn't break the bank, that holds up, provides stopping power, and doesn't tear up my hands. Because of my CRPS, I am stuck in the wheelchair when I go out, and I am in too much pain to be able to work, so money is always tight trying to figure things out. Disability payments aren't exactly generous or comfortable.
Janaye Kearns an Anonymous Sponsor 10/15/15
Hi I am Janaye Kearns a 22yr old lady living in the most active state in the USA, Colorado! I love to do anything and everything I can! Sky diving, horse back riding, rock climbing, tight rope, snow boarding, biking, soccer, Archie, shooting compositions, vaulting, camping, hiking, jet skiing, ect. I will not let my self be limited! I am a Traumatoc Brain Injury survivor! It has changed my life a lot but I will always try to stay active and outgoing! It has been hard! I finally worked with physical therapy and learning how to walk my way out of my wheelchair just to be put back in it with another head injury! I am so greatful for everyone who has helped me learn to read, write and do daily things again! I am blessed to have recovered as much as I have and would like to show my gratitude every waking minute! I would really love to try the hand bands with my wheelchair and feel the relief, I do a lot of gym work for my upper body and core, and also rely on my wheelchair pretty heavily! I am excited to see what the hand bands can do for me, having injured palms when wheeling is not fun or easy, I hope this can help! I have heard great things from a friend! Wish I had the funds to buy right now but I do not and with major medical expensise doesn't seem like I will soon! I would really love to be a ambassador for your company, I hope I will be given the chance. Can't wait to try them, thank you so much for your time!
an Anonymous Sponsor 10/22/15
Well, I'm 30 years old, and I have a degenerative neurological disorder called complex regional pain syndrome that has put me in a wheelchair. I enjoy sushi, steak, and staying in and relaxing as much as possible. I have two dogs (one of whom is my service dog) and they are quite literally my world. I am not me without my dogs. I love watching TruTV, Big bang theory, The Simpsons, and Family Guy. I really hope someone finds it in their heart to help me out, as I'm single, struggling, and barely surviving off of worker's compensation wages.
an Anonymous Sponsor 10/22/15
I am a mom to an active daughter with the same medical condition as myself. I am working to create a handicap accessible stable to allow myself and others to fully enjoy self handling equines. I crochet and process fiber as a hobby.
#Voices for CEREBRAL PALSY
CP Awareness Day Event and Walk - February 2016
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They will be given to adults and children who rely on wheelchairs for mobility due to Cerebral Palsy. Thank you for your contribution!