WHY WE FUNDRAISE
When asking for donations or even motivating yourself to raise money, it is important to know why we do what we do!
- UGA Miracle raises money for the rehabilitation and orthopedics unit at the Scottish Rite campus of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. These include the Robotics center and the Prosthetics lab.
- Over the past 20 years, UGA Miracle has donated over $3.6 million dollars to Children’s, and in the past three years, we as an organization have been able to buy a medical transport van for children’s, a rock climbing wall (which has been an amazingly effective tool for rehabilitation), a lift system in each of the unit’s rooms that allows for better transportation in and out of the patients’ beds, an annual rehab reunion for new and old patients to share their stories and inspire each other, and we have also helped sponsor Camp Twin Lakes' program for children with Spinal Bifida called Camp Crazy Legs.
We have funded a fully functional Robotics Lab at the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Scottish Rite location. The equipment they use includes:
- AlterG Treadmill—This advanced treadmill can decrease gravity’s effect on your child. This allows him to go through therapy with less stress on his joints and muscles.
- Bioness H200—This device holds the wrist and allows your child to move his fingers and thumb. It provides electrical stimulation while he works on reaching, grasping and pinching.
- Bioness L300 and L300 Plus—These leg cuffs provide muscle stimulation to the thigh or lower leg. This helps prevent muscle loss and spasms.
- Bioness Interactive Therapy System—This touch-screen technology helps with vision, motor control, balance and speech.
- Bioness Vector—This harness training system is attached to the ceiling. It provides support as patients practice walking or balancing on a flat surface, uneven surfaces like stairs ground or treadmill.
- Galileo Vibration Platform—This platform provides vibration to the arm or leg muscles. It helps to strengthen muscles, improve balance and reduce spasticity.
- Motomed Gracile—This biking system includes a computerized gaming system. It can be used on upper or lower extremities. It also uses electrical currents to help stimulate nerves.
- RT200 and RT300—These biking systems can be used on upper or lower extremities to develop function through repetition and biofeedback. They also use electrical currents to help stimulate nerves.
- RT600—This device provides bodyweight support as patient practices stepping or standing. It provides biofeedback and uses electrical currents to help stimulate nerves as the patient stands in an upright position.
- Saebo MAS—This device supports the shoulder and elbow and unweights the arm so patients can practice functional skills, like reaching or setting the table.
- Tyromotion Amadeo—This robotic hand device helps patients with hand and individual finger movement. It can also build strength with different grasping techniques.
- Tyromotion Diego—This arm system helps patients build function and independence with daily tasks. Patients can strengthen one arm or both at the same time. They also provide augmented feedback.
- Tyrostation (Pablo and Tymo)—This station allows patients to work on grip strength and forearm movement while training multiple upper-extremity joints. The Tymo adds a component to work on balance and posture control.
- Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is a member of of the Children’s Miracle Network, which means that it provides care that is genuinely catered to kids. Some of the amazing services that Children’s provides are child life specialists, whose entire job is to make a child’s stay in the hospital as fun and comfortable as possible, music and animal therapy, and teachers who enable kids to continue school during their stay at the hospital. Children's also provides facilities such as The Zone, where kids and their families can go to play games, watch movies, do crafts, and truly have fun during their time in the hospital.