MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Twin sisters Delaney and Hadley Robertson are busy younger girls who’re about to start out highschool. They do nearly all the things collectively together with internet hosting an academic journey and cooking present on public tv.
Two years in the past, throughout a routine bodily Hadley acquired some tough information.
“I used to be identified with idiopathic scoliosis once I was 12. For that I needed to put on a brace for 18 hours a day for 2 years,” Hadley recollects.
Scoliosis is a curvature of the backbone affecting six to 9 million individuals a 12 months. Carrying a particular brace is a typical strategy to appropriate it and keep away from surgical procedure. Sufferers must put on it diligently, regardless of how energetic their life-style.
On the time Hadley mentioned they have been “doing a variety of sports activities. One factor I used to be doing specifically, is synchronized swimming, that’s one factor the place you actually can’t put on a brace within the water.”
Holding monitor of the mandatory time carrying the brace proved most difficult.
“We tried utilizing a notepad or a whiteboard however neither of them actually labored. So we thought that they might be an app on the app retailer that might assist us however there wasn’t, so we determined to develop one ourselves,” mentioned Hadley.
The dynamic duo created the BraceTrack app, which is free within the app retailer.
“We have been simply actually have been captivated with this undertaking. We kind of jumped in doing analysis on scoliosis, we kind of designed the app, all the things that we need to have, all of the options. Say you need to go to the seaside at some point for a number of hours, so that you solely need to put on it 14 hours, not 18, you may over time on one other day and ‘financial institution up’ these hours,” Delaney defined.
Along with logging the time, it creates stories that may be despatched to household and physicians. It’s been deemed fairly profitable with a variety of customers.
“I feel now we have over 500 customers at this level,” mentioned Hadley.
“We’ve been amazed by the replies that we’ve been getting,” she added.
Conscious that bracing is pricey, the twins raised $50,000 to assist sufferers receiving therapy at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital by way of their group ‘Brace for Affect’.
The Robertson sisters say they aren’t completed. They’re working to enhance the app by including a sensor to trace the time routinely.
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