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"We didn't want to charge for it because we understand
Brody's ﬁrst year was ﬁlled with hospital visits and latthe expenses parents of disabled children face," Ally adds.
er, physical therapy to help him gain movement in his legs.
Utilizing a large workshop located at their business, MoTherapists showed the Morelands how electrical stimulareland Seed & Soil near Centralia, Frog Mobility was ofﬁtion would help improve Brody's muscle function. When he
cially born. To raise funds to build more Frogs, the couple
doesn't have physical therapy in Columbia, they do handsshared their goal of raising $50,000 on GoFundMe. As
on therapy at their Centralia home, including an hour of
funds slowly rolled in, Taylor began manufacturing Frogs.
electrical stimulation each day and at least two hours in a
"It used to take about six hours to build one, but a comstander, which helps strengthen muscles and bones.
puterized router cut that time in half," says Taylor.
"Around his ﬁrst birthday I started wondering how we
could help Brody become more mobile. He
Once the shapes are cut from PVC plastic, relatives
could play with toys near him but couldn't
and friends often help the couple assemble devices.
move around on his own," Taylor recalls.
Soon ABC's "World News Tonight" picked up BroSomeone gave Brody a scooter board but
dy's story. Within an hour of the national broadcast
his hands would get stuck beneath the board
their goal of $50,000 was reached.
and carpet was difﬁcult to navigate. "I wanted
"Our goal was to make 100 Frogs the ﬁrst year.
to make something more helpful," Taylor adds,
We got 70 orders in one day," Taylor says.
noting his ﬁrst evolution - a board attached to
The Morelands say after Brody began using
front caster wheels with a rolling pin on the back
the Frog, his development quickly improved,
- didn't work well.
with Brody using new words and becoming
Around August 2018, after nine other evolutions of the wheeled board, the dad's next creation
"We've made 175 Frogs and sent them
became the prototype of the Frog they now use with Brody.
around the United States and to eight countries, includ"I used leftover ﬂooring and wheels from one of Brody's
ing Australia, Romania, Israel and Singapore," says Taylor.
toys. Custom wheel covers prevent his ﬁngers from getting
"They cost about $300 to build, but if a family can't afford
run over all the time. A strap holds him onto the cart."
it, we don't charge them. If they can pay all or part of the
Brody's pediatric physical therapist Gerti Motavalli says
cost, they're paying it forward for someone else who can't."
she loves the fact the Frog focuses on mobility.
The couple recently completed a design they call GoBro,
"Kids who sit in wheelchairs most of the time usually
a patent-pending chair for youth which has a built-in potty,
battle muscles that bend," says Gerti. "The Frog helps
a vital feature for someone paralyzed at the waist.
lengthen muscles by extending Brody's body and keeping
Taylor's inventions earned him the Patient Innovahim straight. He's also able to move and discover the world
tion Award, given by the Patient Innovation Company for
around him which is also important."
unique medical solutions. Since the Morelands recently
The Frog allows Brody to lay on his stomach, with his
welcomed Brett to the family, Brody's physical therapist,
hands outstretched and legs strapped behind, giving the
Gerti, ﬂew to France in December to receive the award on
appearance of a frog. The 6-inch wheels allow the cart to
move smoothly on both carpet and hard ﬂoors. The Frog
"The freedom devices like the Frog and GoBro bring to
helps strengthen Brody's upper body muscles.
our lives as parents is amazing." Ally says. "But it's even
"Of course Brody had to learn how to use the Frog,"
more amazing for Brody and others like him because it
adds Ally, "So we would put a trail of snacks across the
expands their world."
ﬂoor to entice him to roll over to one of us. But it worked."
Once the Boone Electric Cooperative members realized
For more information, go to www.frogmobilityllc.com, or
how the Frog was changing their son's life, they wanted to
email Taylor or Ally at email@example.com. You may
share their creation with other parents whose children had
donate to help the Morelands build mobility vehicles by
searching for Help Brody Get Kids Moving! on GoFundMe.
Bottom left: Taylor adjusts the wheel covers on Brody's Frog device. Custom PVC guards prevent Brody's ﬁngers from getting caught under the wheels as
he moves. Bottom right: Ally holds baby Brett as she watches Brody play with his remote car.
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