SVSU engineering and robotics students bring mobility and joy to children with disabilities
After two brain surgeries and one spinal surgery, 20-month-old Joey Stagray has yet to take his first steps. Diagnosed with spinal bifida, he often watches while his 4-year-old sister runs, jumps and plays across their Sterling farm.
But family members say Joey now can keep pace with his active sibling thanks to the support of Saginaw Valley State University students determined to help him move despite his physical limitations.
Joey and another child with physical disabilities - 4-year-old Finn Edmonds, of Bay City - recently took home ride-on toy vehicles modified for their specific physical needs by SVSU computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering students. The mini-vehicles were given to the families during a gathering Friday, Oct. 12, at SVSU's Pioneer Hall.