￼ We are Taylor and Ally Moreland, parents of Brody. Together, we have developed a new mobility device for babies, toddlers and children who have difficulty moving their legs. We call it The Frog. We are asking for your help to bring The Frog into production and GIVE away as many Frogs as possible to children who need them. We know these Frogs will change the lives of these children and parents, just as it has changed ours’ and Brody’s. We would like to share Brody’s story with you, and let you know just how much your donation will mean to us and to children all over the world.
Brody Ray Moreland was born on April 3, 2017. He was born with a spinal cord defect known as spina bifida. He underwent two surgeries immediately after birth and another four revisional surgeries over the remainder of 2017. Brody’s doctors and neurosurgeons did a great job, but his level of defect, coupled with newly discovered spinal cord atrophy, meant that he would have very little to no movement or control of his lower body starting below his chest. This meant Brody would not be able to sit unsupported, crawl, or be mobile in any way on his own. After this realization, Brody’s mobility became a top priority for us.
With the help of Brody’s tremendous physical therapist, Gerti Motovalli, and a lot of practice, Brody was able to use a baby wheelchair to maneuver around the house. This was very exciting but Brody still wasn’t able to play on the floor, go certain places, or interact with toys the way other kids his age do. Brody needed a way to crawl.
After numerous late nights and trial and error testing, we created the first Frog, which is now patent pending. This was a truly life changing time for Brody. Before The Frog, Brody was stuck on the floor wherever we put him, and he had a very hard time playing with most of his toys. After he started using The Frog, he was able to roam around the house, chase the cat, play with toys and do everything that any crawling baby could do. His cognitive development exploded over this period. For the first time he was able to truly explore his world.
Over the past few months we have made changes to the design and production of The Frog. Now Brody spends hours a day in his Frog. He can seriously go faster in it than we can walk, which is pretty good for a 21-month-old who can’t move his legs! According to multiple physical therapist, there is nothing available like The Frog. It is the first real mobility device designed for children with disabilities as young as six months old. To date, we have given out four Frogs to children in central Missouri and have received great feedback.
Children all over the world are born every day with disabilities that affect their mobility early in life. We have seen how much Brody’s life has changed because of The Frog, and with your help, we know that we can change thousands of other children’s lives around the world.
What will we use your donations for?
We have invested hundreds of hours and even more funding into The Frog project to help get Brody moving. We are now ready to begin scaling production to get other kids moving too. Your donations will be used to buy material, pay for manufacturing costs, provide distribution, and secure proper legal and insurance services, as well as, build a support network of/for physical therapists and parents with kids using Frogs.
Current costs to produce and distribute one Frog is $300.
What else do we need?
The sooner we can get Frogs to children who need them the better. We need your help to build a network of physical therapists and organizations who work with babies and toddlers with gross motor function disabilities. Please share our story and send us contact information so that we can build this network and help more children.
If you would rather make a donation by check to Frog Mobility, please send us an email at [email redacted] and we will send you the information.
Taylor and Ally
We would also like thank our friends at Edelweiss Productions for capturing Brody's story so we can share it with the world!
- Christine Bolen
- Pravin & Thampi