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Three Inspiring Speakers Come to Sage Hill for Service Learning with Sage Prosthetics

Three Inspiring Speakers Come to Sage Hill for Service Learning with Sage Prosthetics

The Sage Center for Innovative Curriculum at Sage Hill School will present a morning of conversation at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, February 14, featuring three inspiring speakers -- Jim Abbott, Lauren Scruggs Kennedy and Stephen Ley. They all live with upper limb deficiencies or deformities and have overcome hurdles with or without the use of prosthetics.

This event was developed in conjunction with Sage Prosthetics, a group of Sage Hill students and faculty who design and create 3D-printed prosthetic hands for those in need. The event will take place in the Black Box Theater in the Studio at Sage Hill and is open to all parents and students who are available during Service Learning Day.

Abbott is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played despite having been born without a right hand. He played 10 seasons in MLB for teams including the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and is currently a motivational speaker.

Scruggs Kennedy is a former model and current fashion journalist and blogger who lost her left hand in a 2011 plane accident. She has since created the LSK Foundation, which exists to bring hope, restore confidence and ignite faith in girls and women with limb loss by providing cosmetic coverings for prostheses.

“Jim and Lauren are such iconic and influential individuals; we are so lucky to meet them in person and be further inspired in our mission to help make prosthetics for those who need them,” said Tanya Lerch, math teacher and faculty advisor for Sage Prosthetics. “Hearing about how they have navigated personal challenges and overcome them helps make the impact of living life without a hand more tangible for our students.”

Ley is a local resident from Hemet, CA, who races and builds mountain bikes for a living. As a soon-to-be recipient of a 3D-printed prosthetic hand from Sage Prosthetics, Ley was inspired to come to Sage Hill to speak about his experience and give a perspective on what life is like for children in need of a prosthetic.

“The opportunity to meet a recipient from our own community [like Stephen] in person, while we work on building his prosthetic is a rare and exciting occurrence that will help our students enhance their knowledge of the prosthetic’s fit and functionality,” Lerch said. “I am awed that these generous individuals will be spending time at our school and in our classroom.”

Students in Sage Prosthetics are anxiously awaiting the event. 

"My experience with the Service Learning project has been rewarding as well as a privilege," junior Lexi Brooks said. "I am excited to share it with Lauren and Jim, who have influenced my life so much."
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