An Adaptive Launch Frees Everyone


credit: Flickr

When Shelly Kerchner started kayaking at a Pennsylvania lake, she was "free of metal, free to go where she wants, free of the need for assistance, except when getting into and out of the boat," she writes on her Go Fund Me page.

That's why she launched Open Waters for All, a fund-raising campaign to pay for an adaptive kayak launcher at Quemahoning Lake.

Kerchner, who was told by a doctor she would never be able to use her hands again after a seizure a decade ago, has regained use of her arms and hands, taught herself to stand and even walk a few steps, and discovered the joy of kayaking at Quemahoning Lake.

But a year ago, she underwent rotator cuff surgery and was told to avoid being lifted into or out of a kayak to protect her shoulders.

Not one to sit in her wheelchair on the shore, Kerchner launched Open Waters for All, a fund-raising campaign to pay for the acquisition and installation of an adaptive kayak launcher at Quemahoning Lake.

With carefully designed step-seats, strategically placed grab bars, and rollers, these launchers enable people with limited use of their legs to enter and exit kayaks by themselves.

Read the Entire Article


Selected Grant News Headlines

A customized collection of grant news from foundations and the federal government from around the Web.

GMA, Wavemaker 360 Enter Health-tech Partnership

There's a 10,000-mile gap between the US and the Philippines when it comes to health careand it's about to be filled by a US venture fund. GMA Ventures, a wholly-owned investment arm of the...more

Rest Isn't Best: Getting Kids Back To School Sooner After A Concussion Can Mean ...

"Rest isn't best." That's the takeaway from a new study out of Children's National Hospital in Washington, DC, that looked at more than 1,600 kids ages 5 to 18 who'd suffered a concussion in...more

New Collaboration And Investment Scales Up Innovation To Improve Vaccine Delivery
Foundation: Coca-Cola Foundation

Some 23 million children missed out on vaccinations in 2020, the highest number since 2009and 3.7 million more than in 2019. That's why the Coca-Cola Foundation and Project Last Mile are teaming...more

Marin Health Nonprofit Gets $1M State Grant to Aid Youths
Foundation: Marin Community Foundation

"If you were to investigate the health of pre-colonial people, there was no addiction. Substances were prevalent but they were used with a sense of respect for their ancestors." That's what...more

Hospitality to Health Renaissance: Innovative Community-Based Healthcare Strategies

"If we cannot slay the healthcare 'beast,' millennials will have their future stolen from them." So writes David Chase in a paper published last month in Relocalizing Health: The Future of...more

Sheffield Hallam Partners On Food And Diet Innovation Hub Project

If you're in the UK and craving Pepsi, you're in luck: The company has teamed up with Hallam University in Sheffield to create a food and diet innovation hub, the BBC reports. The idea is to...more

Boiled peanuts could help overcome child peanut allergy, clinical trial shows

Peanuts are one of the world's most common allergies, afflicting some 17 million Europeans under the age of 25, according to data from the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases...more

The First Startup To Come Out Of UC Davis Health's Innovation Incubator

"When people think of new homes, they talk about how many bedrooms, bathrooms, and living rooms it has, but no one talks about how much health room or health space the home has," says Ashish Atreja,...more

Program for Allied Health Professions to Participate in Research And Innovation in Northern Ireland

If you're an Allied Health Professions (AHP) practitioner in Northern Ireland, you're in luck. The Irish government has come up with a research and innovation strategy for the group, which...more

Apple Tree Dental Receives Telehealth Innovation Award

When Heather Luebben and Natalie Olsen started Apple Tree Dental in Fargo, ND, 18 years ago, they didn't have enough staff to care for all the kids in the area who needed dental care. But thanks...more






SOCIAL innovations are new strategies, ideas and approaches to solving problems, and the number of people actively changing things for the better has been increasing in Slovakia, even when the impacts remain limited.




Nonprofit Jobs

  Program Director Jobs
  Fundraising & Development Jobs
  Substance Abuse Jobs
  Social Services Employment
  Social Work Jobs


Federal Government Grant and Assistance Programs


| Farm Storage Facility Loans | Culturally and Linguistically Specific Services Program | Breastfeeding Promotion and Support Improving Maternity Care Practices project financed solely by 20 | Mortgage Insurance_Purchase of Units in Condominiums | Secret Service_Training Activities | Indian Arts and Crafts Development | National Institute of Justice Research, Evaluation, and Development Project Grants | | Site Style by YAML | Grants.gov | Grants | Grants News | Sitemap | Privacy Policy

Edited by: Michael Saunders

© 2008-2023 Copyright Michael Saunders