Support Cody Bearden

cody bearden jacoCody is 14-year-old freshman at Fredericksburg High School in Fredericksburg, Texas who enjoys watching movies, drawing, and playing video games, especially Minecraft. Cody is an exceptional student who loves science and engineering.

“I was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy,” said Cody. “So far in my life I have had pneumonia multiple times, had a g-tube placed for feeding, and scoliosis surgery to straighten my back by the time I was in 2nd grade. Since my scoliosis surgery I have remained fairly healthy in my lungs, but I have lost a lot of the mobility that I had in my back, head and arms.”

In January, Cody was able to try out the Kinova JACO assistive robotic arm. Over the course of two days Cody used JACO to eat, drink, reposition his arms and legs, grab a book and turn the pages, raise his hand in class, write on a whiteboard, and participate in educational activities that required the use of his arms.

“The trial of the JACO arm was exactly what I had hoped it would be,” said Cody. “I found I could do things that I have never been able to do for myself. It allowed me to do things like put my shoes up on the footrest of my chair, cross my own legs, stretch my arms, and even play with my kitten and the laser light independently, without the aid of my mom, sister, or grandma.”

Having a JACO of his own will have an immediate and lasting impact on Cody’s life, and will help him be more independent at home, in school, and in the near future, in college.

Robotic Arm Gives Central Texas SMA Patient Independence