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I was born with SMA in 1964. I've lived a fairly 'normal' life up until April 18 2008 when I suffered a mild stroke. During recovery I had a 2nd stroke in August 30 2009 that caused me to lose the use of my left side (arm, hand & fingers).  ...

I was born with SMA in 1964. I've lived a fairly 'normal' life up until April 18 2008 when I suffered a mild stroke. During recovery I had a 2nd stroke in August 30 2009 that caused me to lose the use of my left side (arm, hand & fingers).  My dependency grew immensely. I continued on trying to cope with my new limitations by seeking different ways/methods to do what I did before only to be greeted by failure, frustration & depression.  While floundering about I joined various support groups on Facebook. Within a few months I saw a posting of a robotic arm called JACO! I felt a strong urge to find out more & soon discovered that the mfr was Kinova (Canadian) and demos were available sooooo.....I signed up for a demo!
JACO made 2 attempts to get hooked up to my chair when we discovered I needed to upgrade a part, but once I did JACO connected perfectly! I had JACO for Easter weekend 2014 & I felt my life returning to normal. I video'd a few tasks & posted on Facebook and Youtube. My disabled friends were facinated & curious about JACO too. So when JACO was due to leave I had harsh reality crash into me....JACO isn't covered by insurance, government or very affordable.  Removing JACO was like losing my left side all over again...I have never wanted something so badly before nor have I ever sought to do a fundraiser to get a JACO.  I've been told a JACO costs about $35,000.00CDN. Any surplus will be put in an account for others who'd benefit having a JACO. Can you help?

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