A t-shirt supports disabled children

By December 21, 2009

USA (MNN) — An American who suffers from a disability is helping children to get the physical and spiritual help they need.

Benjamin Bartlett knows what it's like to grow up with a physical disability. He was born with arthrogryposis, a condition that limits the mobility of his hands. Fortunately, he was sponsored by a Shriner and received care at no cost. Because of the generosity of the Shriners, his surgeries were paid in full.

Years later, Benjamin has found a way to help children who face the same physical challenges he endures. He has started a t-shirt business called SIK (Shirts Influencing Kindness). "I wanted to make an impact while offering cool shirts that people could be proud to wear," he explained.

That's only part of the story for SIK. Benjamin also wanted to use his business to give back to others less fortunate.

After doing some research, he came across the CURE International Web site. He had found his cause.
"When I learned about CURE, I felt an instant connection," he explained. "Because of the generosity of somebody else, I was able to have my surgeries. CURE does the same thing for thousands of kids with physical disabilities throughout the developing world."

For every t-shirt SIK sells, a $2 donation is made to CURE International. All of the shirts are designed by Benjamin and made in the United States from organic materials. You can order his shirts at http://sikgear.com/shop.html

CURE is excited to be partnering with Benjamin.

CURE International is focused on the 100 million children in developing countries who can be cured –and cured completely. They're helping the kids with Hydrocephalus, Cleft Palate, Clubfoot, spinal deformities, and crippling orthopedic conditions. CURE has seen 1 million patients and performed 70,000 life-transforming surgeries.

CURE is passionate about the physical and spiritual healing of disabled children in developing countries.

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