Help Aaron Rock Again!

$3,790 of $3,300 goal

Raised by 36 people in 42 months
For over 10 years, Aaron Loder has been living with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The disease slowly and completely paralysed him and all he has left now is the movement of his eyes. Silenced by this cruel condition, he is completely isolated and unable to communicate with the world around him.

After trying and failing to use a $15,000 commercial eye gaze tracking device, SpeakYourMind Foundation created an affordable, easy-to-use communication system powered by a low-cost eye tracker and a windows tablet running custom software. You can see Aaron write his name for the very first time here:

In his previous life, Aaron was a chef. He loved cars, woodworking and fishing. He loved collecting old postcards and stamps. He loved watching his favorite sports teams. But most of all…

He loved music.

While our work on his keyboard continues, all Aaron really wants... is to be able to listen to his collection of Clapton, Traffic and more.

Your donation will go directly to pay for a laptop, monitor and eye tracker, and the development of an accessible music player. It will allow him to Play, Pause, Rewind and Shuffle the tunes that he rocked out to all his life and he'll do it using only his eyes! A little AC/DC could be just the medicine his soul needs!

Please help us give Aaron the gift of music.

This fundraiser is managed by Dan Bacher and Javed Gangjee of the SpeakYourMind Foundation on behalf of Aaron Loder. We create, distribute, and support assistive technologies for individuals who are unable to communicate due to neurological injury and disease.

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SpeakYourMind built an app for Aaron to play his music using only his eye movements. Sadly, Aaron lost his 11 year battle with ALS before he had a chance to use the app.

Aaron would not want us to stop. Our friend Josh also needed a music player. Here is a demo of Josh using Aaron's music app. Thank you Aaron for helping Josh and countless others living with ALS. You will be missed.

Aaron Charles Loder
1961 - 2015
Aaron's Music
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Fantastic news everyone! An anonymous donor reached out to us and was touched by Aaron's story. They donated $1600 to boost us up over our original goal of $3300!

So here's the plan. If people are still interested in supporting our work with Aaron, any extra contributions up to $1000 more will go toward a full year of tech support for Aaron. This will ensure that if anything breaks or if he needs any upgrades we will have the resources to quickly help him out.

If we raise even more than that, we move into "pay it forward" mode, where the money raised will go to helping other clients who are on our growing waiting list.

Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed or helped to spread the word. Thank you to the Foxboro community, and especially to Maureen Delaney who has been an amazing friend and advocate for Aaron over the years.

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After a close scare, Aaron is doing well and our fundraiser is now back on track.
We have begun some of the coding work with very limited resources and your help so far. Attached is the prototype of a screen we would like to expand on. This includes Album Art and Auto-Shuffle. But, there is so much work to done! The eye tracker is the hardest part.
Our goal here is to see him crank up Back in Black as loud as possible to an end to the silence that has surrounded him so long and usher the joy of Classic Rock back into his life.
Please help us make this possible. We're so very close!
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$3,790 of $3,300 goal

Raised by 36 people in 42 months
Created February 21, 2015
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Bill Haney
39 months ago

Rest in peace Aaron. You were an inspiration and a brave soul.

Denise Malone-Zera
41 months ago

Rock on Cuz, Rock on!! :-)

John Corliss
41 months ago

Thinking of you Aaron.

Lisa Grace
41 months ago

Enjoy the music Aaron!

41 months ago (Offline Donation)
Dianne Tepper
41 months ago

God bless you Aaron

41 months ago
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