Right Arm Project

$5,595 of $5,200 goal

Raised by 104 people in 41 months
Charles Scott McDonald   BELLEVUE, KY

When I began racing bikes I also began the process of trying to figure out how to go faster on the bike. I went through numerous modifications with brakes, shifting and recently a steer damper. Many years ago I also began the process of having a prosthetic built that would allow me to mountain bike and withstand the abuse of technical trails and descents .


I currently have a custom chest harness and shoulder socket designed to receive an arm built by Dr. Will Craig of Advanced Prosthetic Technologies. Recently I was awarded a grant towards the purchase of the Arm built by Dr. Craig. Challenged Athletes Foundation awarded me $800.00 towards the purchase of the prosthetic. The total cost of the arm is $5,200. Upon hearing the news of the grant, several friends ,sponsors and organizations have asked how they can help. This group/ page is a place where you can offer support, suggestions and for those that can't wait till cross season to heckle me.


 
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Update 14
12 months ago
Hello,
I have used my new arm for two seasons of riding. I have tested cross,mtb and road. The arm is for sure an improvement over riding with out. I have improved stability at speed as well as comfort enhances my enjoyment of a ride. As my experience with my arm grew I was able to start the process of improving my skills on the bike.

After working with Harlan Price of Take Aim Cycling, I began the process of improving the function of my prosthetic. Harlan was able to make adjustments that improved the functionality of my arm. We also made observations of design limitations and features of my arm when utilized by an above elbow disarticulation like myself.

As the development of my arm continues, I reached out to Stephen Barnes after seeing what he did with a hands free hydration solution for Sonya Looney.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/adventuretravelvideo/reinventing-cycling-hydration/vi-AAbOBTh
I was fortunate to be able to go on a ride with Stephen. He was able to see the arm in action and come up with ideas.
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Update 13
33 months ago
Had my last fitting today on the the crash testing phase.
All fit now on the crash testing
Yes more lock tight please
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Update 12
34 months ago
Going for my fitting Saturday at 10 with Dr. Rocco!
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Update 11
36 months ago
Received another update. Andrew is rethreading the arm and building a stronger shoulder attachment. I don,t think the arm will make it to CrossVegas, but we are getting closer.
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$5,595 of $5,200 goal

Raised by 104 people in 41 months
Created April 16, 2013
Charles Scott McDonald     BELLEVUE, KY
MM
$25
Mark McKenney
40 months ago

You realize the extra arm means added weight and aero drag, right?

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JM
$35
John Majors
40 months ago
AF
$50
Aurora Fischler
40 months ago

Cheering you on Scott! All the best, The Fischler's.

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CB
$50
Cinder Bloch
40 months ago

Get out there and crush it this year!

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MB
$50
Michael & Kimberly Baranowski
40 months ago
CM
$20
Christina McCarthy
40 months ago

You're hardcore and that's why we love you!

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LS
$20
Lisa Suter
40 months ago

The goal has been reached, but I'm sure you'll need some accessories for that new arm! We admire your courage and strength! GO CHARLES!

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$25
Anonymous
40 months ago
HB
$20
Hurben Baynes
40 months ago

Awesome, there are good people everywhere. Tell you what, take this & go buy some beer to celebrate. Any Australian or New Zealand beer, but not Steinlager because that's just crap!! Looking forward to the photos.

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JF
$50
Jimbo F
40 months ago

Come get me...no excuses

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