A Missouri family is hoping to change the lives of others with a special mobile device for babies and toddlers.
According to Taylor and Ally Moreland’s GoFundMe, they welcomed their son Brody on April 3, 2017. However, he was born with a spina bifida, which doesn’t allow him to explore the world like most children.
According to Mayo Clinic, spina bifida occurs when the spine and spinal cord don’t form properly. The birth defect falls under the umbrella category of neural tube defects. Furthermore, “the neural tube is the embryonic structure that eventually develops into the baby’s brain and spinal cord and the tissues that enclose them.”
For Brody, this meant not being able to sit, stand, or crawl on his own. Although the boy was given a baby wheelchair to help him get around his home, his parents couldn’t help but notice that their son wasn’t able to crawl around the way others his age do. This led them to create “The Frog.”
Taylor, Brody’s dad, explained:
“It allows Brody to crawl on the ground using only his arms. And it provides a level of comfort and access to toys and just different surfaces that no other device does.”
The green two-wheel device changed the toddler’s life tremendously.
Furthermore, Ally added:
“Almost overnight, after Brody started using his frog, his cognitive development exploded. He was able to explore his world around him and play with his cousins on the floor and really just interact with everything in our house like he’d never been able to do before.”
As a mom, it was important to Ally for her son to be independent. The Frog helped make this possible. Now, the family is working to make more Frogs for children like Brody.
“We believe The Frog can change the lives of thousands of children just like Brody.”
They gave the “gift of mobility” to four children in central Missouri before creating a GoFundMe. According to the page, the total cost to “produce and distribute” a single Frog is $300. The money donated through GoFundMe will be used to help pay for these expenses.
So far, the Moreland family has raised over $100,000.