Carrboro-Based Nonprofit Honored Nationally for Amazing Innovation

Carrboro-Based Nonprofit Honored Nationally for Amazing Innovation

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The Carrboro-based nonprofit miraclefeet just got a huge pat on the back from the technology world for producing an extremely affordable brace to help cure all children born with clubfoot—worldwide.

Last week, the team at miraclefeet and their corresponding Stanford team of young innovators attended the 2015 Tech Awards, otherwise known as the Oscars of Silicon Valley, as laureates of an extremely prestigious award. Every year, the Tech Awards honor those creating new inventions for the benefit of all humanity. And that’s exactly what they’ve done at miraclefeet.

This small, local nonprofit is working round the clock to cure clubfoot in developing countries. One in every 750 babies are born with clubfoot, and if they aren’t treated in infancy, their lives and the lives of their family will never be the same. Clubfoot is a congenital condition that causes one or both feet to be turned severely inward.

With the help of bright young students studying extreme affordability at Stanford, miraclefeet was able to create an extremely affordable brace for children of all ages and sizes diagnosed with clubfoot. Children all over the world are now wearing that brace so that one day they may run for the first time. Miraclefeet is even working with other clubfoot NGOs to create a 10-15 year plan to eradicate clubfoot globally.

The Stanford and Carrboro miraclefeet teams were nominated for the Katherine M. Swanson Young Innovator Award at the Tech Awards this past week. What a great way to show how our very own Chapel Hill neighbors are changing the world, one child at a time.

Read even more about miraclefeet in the December issue of Chapel Hill Magazine. Don’t miss it on stands around town!

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Marketing associate Jenny Hunt is a transplant to the Triangle, and she loves every minute of it. She enjoys discovering everything from new bistros to new bands. She's a lover of opera and classic novels. And when she's not at an event or writing a story, she's cheering on the UNC men's soccer team!