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Wow! 2x your impact for blind and visually impaired babies today

In honor of Independence Day, we are trying to rally as much support as possible to reach our operating and innovation fund goals – including providing Pediatric Belt Canes free of charge to those who need them most. 

In 2023, physical therapy experts at St. Jude's Children's Medical Research Hospital along with pediatric ophthalmologists determined the Safe Toddles Pediatric Belt Cane caused the incredibly important outcome of independent walking in blind infants. Before the recent invention of the Belt Cane, medical professionals would inform parents that their infant's blindness would delay their ability to walk on time.

That is why the Belt Cane was determined to be a medical necessity for blind infant medical care. Safe Toddles produces the only Belt Canes in the world. For the first time in history, parents of blind infants can watch their blind babies safely walk on their own.

Every day without safe mobility is harmful and traumatic to blind infants. Like a soldier’s armor, the Pediatric Belt Cane provides the protection blind infants need to take their courageous first steps confidently. With your support, we can transform lives by giving blind babies the safety they need to walk independently.

In honor of Independence Day, all donations will be matched by our generous Board of Trustees TWO times - up to $20,000. Will you give right now to make 2x the difference? 

Here’s how your gift will help:

  • A donation of $50 provides the materials used to construct the custom belt.

  • A donation of $100 provides a complete set of graphite cane rods.

  • A donation of $250 ensures a child grows up with Safe Toddles Belt Canes. 

  • A donation of $600 is the cost of a complete Belt Cane with wrap around supports such as one-on-one zoom calls with Dr. Ambrose-Zaken.

A recent study revealed that before wearing a Pediatric Belt Cane, children aged one to four years spent 65% of their time sitting quietly. The same children wearing Belt Canes spent 78% of their time walking and playing (Penrod, et. al., 2024). Kids learn everything on the move!

However, the Belt Cane is a new tool and far too few parents, families, caregivers, and professionals are aware that the solution they have been looking for already exists!! We have to find ways to get the word out.

With your support, we can inform more parents, families, and caregivers about the transformative benefits of the Pediatric Belt Cane. Every day delay is a day of freedom lost.

Together, we can celebrate Independence Day and give the gift of independence to our youngest and most vulnerable members of our community. Thank you for taking action to advance our vital mission. 

With gratitude,

Dr. Grace Ambrose-Zaken & Roxann Mayros

President and CEO Board Chair

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