Prosthetic Hand Project; Grand Nationals
We are students of Leander High School, Leander tx. For the past 5 months, we have been engaged in the SkillsUSA Competition. We are building a prosthetic hand for a 2 year old boy named Zaxton who was born without the middle three fingers on his left hand.
We have built several prototypes now, and continue to grow our expertise in orthopedics and are coming closer and closer to our goal of giving Zaxton a hand in which he will love fully and use effeciently.
We have won first place at both our District and State level competitions, and are now going to compete in Grand Nationals in Kansas City.
The trip, however, cannot be covered by School District funds alone. We are needing roughly $850 per team mate, totaling around $2700.00 We are not able to afford the trip at this moment, and need assisstance. If you are able to help, we would greatly appreciate any donations you can give.
We are finishing our last design for the school year (as we are not able to work on it over the summer), and expect it to be done by the end of the week. We have designed, built, and tested seven different designs, each one improving upon the last. We hope that with this design we will finally have something that we can give to Zaxton to play with. Thank you all again for helping us reach this point. We would certainly not be here without you.
We hope to continue our efforts in creating cheap and easy to us hands that can be printed by anyone with a 3D printer.
Donations far exceeded our expectations and we have collected adequate funds to cover our expenses. Therefore, we have stopped accepting donations.
We will continue to update the community as we progress. Again, thank you for your generosity!
I have never been more proud of my son James and the other students, Jacob & Lexi. We have amazing children! I want to say Thank You from the bottom of my heart! We were in Kansas City with the team and they came in 7th in the USA! These kids have an amazing ability to think outside the box and I hope they spread their love for giving to others 10 fold!
So proud of you!!! Keep up the great work!
Clicked here to donate. Awesome work. Glad you get to go. You are the young people that make Americans proud.
So proud of you. People, this is why career and technical education needs to be funded in schools. Write your congress people and have them support Perkins Funding. We'll see you in Kansas City. -Teresa Mankin, SkillsUSA Oregon State Director
What an amazing story! My 20 month old also has a left hand just like your Zaxton. I am amazed at what these young people have done. Such an awesome thing to do. Im very interested in this for my boy!
On behalf of the team I would just like to say how grateful I am for everyone's incredible support and generosity. You have each had a tremendous impact on the lives and futures of these young people, and have set an example of community involvement that I'm sure will trickle down in many ways! - I am proud to say I am Jacob's mom.
It is AMAZING! These students are amazing and I am so happy they will be able to take this project to a national level thanks to your donations. I can hardly believe all the support everyone has shown to help fund the prosthetic hand project. I am truly touched. Not only has the goal been met, it has continued to grow! This is taking my breath away. Leah, I am Zaxton's mother, and would love to connect with you and help get you started on a hand for your son. I would also like to encourage you to join e-nable on gplus. This is a site specifically for 3D printing hand support, providing designs and resources local and abroad. There are other super cool support groups like lucky fin (of which one of their members made a generous donations) Thank you to all of those who have shown their support with kind words, encouragement, and financial funding. Thank you!!!
You three are amazing! Our son was born with a right hand incredibly similar to Zaxton's. Without skipping a beat (and before the news piece finished airing), my husband said, "Yes! Donate!!!" We both wish we could do more and are incredibly proud of you all, though we don't even know you. You bring tears of joy to our eyes!! You are special people. We would love to connect with Zaxton's family, if possible.