Lend a hand for Mar’s new hand!

USA | Campaign #10421

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Summary

This campaign was born based on a dream and many physical difficulties. I was born with Brachydactyly, a form of genetic mutation that affected all 5 digits of my left hand. In Paraguay, my country of birth and residence, partial disability options are basically null. We do not have a health system that helps to address these physical limitations and neither professionals in the field for the development of new technologies. In my day to day I am a very normal person. I have been working for 5 years in a Foundation that helps societies, nationally and internationally, in topics like general education, the empowerment of women and family unity. I like to contribute with articles and projects, audiovisual editing, design, writing and translating. But my forte is photography. Capturing moments of spontaneous happiness and show the world the beauty of being human. With this prosthesis I will experience a new level of self-confidence and self-esteem. I will be 100% independent in this new stage of my life, and most importantly: Be able to serve as a voice for the other disabled who will come after me. With this project I only hope to start something much bigger, which involves many more people. I want to be able to contribute to my country in some future, the option that no amputated child and/or adult congenitally or by accident, should carry out their lives hiding or feeling shame. I think it is my goal in this world, to show the beautiful side of being human. Different humans, all shapes, colors and disabilities, but with the same desire: To be accepted by our peers and feel good about ourselves.

Challenge

Provide Mar with a better quality of life and better performance in her daily activities both in her personal life and in her work as a photographer.

Solution

Back in June 2019, I found Naked Prosthetics on Facebook, a company that provides custom, high-quality prosthetic devices specifically for amputees with finger loss. I said to myself: “Maybe one day I´ll have one.” But I didn’t want to get my hopes up. What I didn’t tell you before is that I’ve had two previous failed chances to get a prosthetic here in my country. One with a 3D printed prosthetics company that after an appointment and a promise to work with me, never called me back. And another one with a friend who bought a 3D printer but didn’t really have the knowledge to finish the prosthetic successfully. For a long time, I thought I didn’t deserve to feel normal. The first time I saw NP’s video, I thought: “How am I going to afford a prosthetic like that?” It was impossible. Until one work trip to the US in October2019 changed my life. Working as a photographer for FITCE, an International Trade Show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, I met Arturo and Margarita. They saw my limitations and asked me If I ever thought about how a prosthetic would improve my overall efficiency at work and life in general. I told them what I just told you and showed them all the technology and prosthetics pages, videos and blogs I’ve read and seen. They saw my excitement while talking about it, and expressed they wanted to help me get a professional hand prosthetic made by a specialized American company. As you can imagine, I started crying my heart out. I thought to myself: third time’s the charm; this one MUST be it! We did not waste any time, we called and emailed everyone! Arm Dynamics https://www.armdynamics.com partnered with Naked Prosthetics, replied in less than 24 hours! After a couple of emails and video calls, they confirmed the type of prosthetic that will be the most functional for me. Here you can see the type of Prosthesis that awaits me. Thank you for reading my story until the end (for now!). Thank you for taking your time and from the bottom of my heart and soul I ask of you to support me with prayers, by donating funds or any other means you think you can contribute to make this dream of mine come true!

CAMARLENGO FOUNDATION

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