(noted provided by the erudite Mary Hodson)
See below for photos from this past Saturday’s CU Sunrise Habitat Build.
Mary introduced Adam Booher, President of BUMP. Adam and his classmate in the 2011 U of I Engineering class, Jonathan Naber, were intrigued by the Jaipur Foot, an inexpensive rubber foot developed and distributed by the Indian government. The two of them wanted to develop a similarly inexpensive prosthetic arm.
There are an estimated 20-50 million people in the developing world that are missing limbs. But less than 2% of those have access to prosthetic help. Prosthetic limbs cost between $5,000 and $10,000 because they have to be custom fitted.
Today, BUMP, located in the Enterprise Works at the U of I Research Park, makes OpenSocket prosthetic arms that can be fitted and tightened using Jonathan’s and Adam’s ingenious design. The OpenSocket arm can be produced and shipped for $500.
In the U.S. individuals who fit prosthetics are required to be certified. Certification is not required in third world countries. With 45 minutes of training, individuals can fit an OpenSocket arm in 30 minutes and the amputee can leave with a fully functioning limb.
BUMP is trying to build a network of field partners. Jonathan and their friend Dave Krupa are currently setting up relationships with clinics in Central and South America. They are currently working with a Rotarian physician in Honduras. Champaign West Rotary is looking into the possibility of a collaboration with contacts they have made through the Ministerios de Fey de Vida Nueva Children’s Home.
Individuals who would like to become supporters can go to their website, www.madebyBUMP.org.
|August 29th||Sept 5th||Sept 12th||Sept 19th|
|Introductions||Harold Adams||Curt Anderson||Oktay Baran||Eric Batsie|
|Invocation||Dave Krchak||Barb Lintner||BJ Lytle||Ben Mast|
|Greeters||Harold Adams||Curt Anderson||Oktay Baran||Eric Batsie|
|Andrew Kerins||Dave Krchak||Benny Lapid||Barb Lintner|
|Song Leader||Jim Gould||Patrice Grant||Bruce Hatfield||Mary Hodson|
August 29th – Mike Doyle, Executive Director of the University YMCA
September 5th – John Eby, Activities Program Manager for Student Life, Parkland College
September 12th – Dr. Peter Schiffer, Vice Chancellor for Research, UIUC
September 19th – Julie Melton, Director of Marketing & Development, Eastern Illinois Foodbank
September 26th – Steve Willette, owner of the Living Yoga Center in Urbana
October 3rd – TBD
October 10th – TBD
October 17th – TBD
October 24th – Rebecca Ginsburg, Director, Education Justice Project, UIUC