Celebrating the wonderfully made one “Lucky Fin” at a time.
In 2007 I gave birth to a healthy baby girl named Ryan. As much as each baby is unique, Ryan entered the world with an unexpected hand difference. The growth of her right hand had been stunted, her palm small and no fingers expect a tiny thumb. We received painfully little information from health care professionals and my husband and I were left to search for answers on our own. Since then we now know Ryan’s hand difference is known medically as Symbrachydactyly.
If you’ve seen the movie “Finding Nemo” then you know all about Nemo’s “lucky fin” and how being made a little differently doesn’t stop him from accomplishing anything he sets out to do. In July of 2010 I began making limb difference awareness bracelets in celebration of my daughter as well as all the other children in the world with Symbrachydactyly or an upper limb difference. In the last 6 years I’ve made over 10,100 awareness bracelets which have been sent to supporters worldwide and the Lucky Fin love continues to spread daily.
I believe everybody is different. Some people’s differences are on the outside and easier to see than the differences others have on the inside. But EVERYBODY has got something and God doesn’t give challenges to those who can’t handle them. And in what ever your challenge, is a blessing worth celebrating.
A child being born with a limb difference is not tragic. It’s extremely important to show our children how capable & wonderfully made they are. If we treat them as flawed or limited that is who they will believe themselves to be- and that would be the tragedy. -Molly S. Stapelman, founder.
The Lucky Fin Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that exists to raise awareness and celebrate children and individuals born with symbrachydactyly or other limb differences.
What We Do:
• Creates a support network for parents across the U.S. and around the world.
• Links parents to medical information and resources.
• Provides education on limb differences.
• Financially support efforts for children attend specialized camps, obtain prosthetics, and to fund other organizations within the limb different community.
The Lucky Fin Project has published awareness brochures for distribution to hospital Labor & Delivery wards, birthing centers, Obstetricians, Pediatricians, Orthopedists, and parents.