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Follow our journey with Clara as she travels from the US to Australia for a life changing surgery, where she will learn to walk again.
Follow our journey with Clara as she travels from the US to Australia for a life changing surgery, where she will learn to walk again.
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The Next Step - Documentary

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Why we are making this?

On August 2nd, 2008, a drunk driver slammed into Clara Gardner and pinned her against another car. The accident would take both of her legs above the knee and change her life forever.

Clara getting ready to go out at Smith College
Clara getting ready to go out at Smith College

At the point of her double amputation, doctors told Clara she would never walk again. She has since proved them wrong. After initially being confined to a wheelchair, Clara began to walk on prosthetics. The path to exclusively using prosthetics has been a long and arduous one. Difficulties still remain with her cumbersome and uncomfortable socket prosthetics. 

Socket Prosthetic
Socket Prosthetic

With help and guidance from family and friends, Clara has chosen to change the way she walks. This May, she will undergo Osseointegration surgery, an option for amputees that is rapidly gaining popularity.

What is Osseointegration? 

Osseointegration was developed in the 1960’s when it was first discovered that titanium is not rejected by the body, but instead integrates with the surrounding bone tissue. The discovery was initially used to replace teeth, but has since been developed for leg, arm, and facial prosthetics. 

Osseointegration
Osseointegration

Osseointegration provides direct bone anchorage by surgically inserting a titanium rod into the bone of the residual limb. Instead of being worn, the prosthetic is firmly attached to the rod itself, which provides increased stability, while reducing pressure, sores, and pain. This procedure will replace her traditional prosthesis and allow Clara to move with more comfort and ease. 

How we will use your donations! 

Since it is not available in the United States, Clara will be traveling to Sydney, Australia to have this surgery. Our team will travel with her to document her surgery, recovery, and rehabilitation, as well as speak to doctors, professionals, and fellow amputees. This campaign will support our efforts by raising funds for travel, living accommodations, and other production expenses related to the trip.

It is our mission to capture this journey so that others may be inspired by her example. In this way, we hope to help Clara live her life to the fullest, while empowering others by educating them about this revolutionary surgery. 

What will we do with additional funding?

There are many expenses involved with this production. Once this initial goal is met, we will have financial coverage for the trip itself, but will still need to raise money for ongoing shoots and editing once we arrive back in the US. Once you donate, you will be added to our email newsletter and receive updates about our progress and future fundraiser dates.

THANK YOU for your generosity and helping us advocate for this important humanitarian cause. We look forward to keeping you updated as the documentary evolves!

Clara walking with her first pair of legs
Clara walking with her first pair of legs
 

Risks and challenges

There are certain risks that are inherent to the documentary process. With enough experience and planning, many of these variables can be managed. However, nothing is ever 100% certain. So far, we have received so much enthusiasm for this project, we are confident that the word will spread and we will be able to raise enough money to continue the production process. As mentioned above, there is a substantial amount of shooting (involving travel) to be done in the US, which will take us months to do. External funding allows us to devote ourselves to this project.

We sincerely believe that "The Next Step" is a powerful and influential story to tell, but there needs to be an audience to see it. One of our major challenges is raising awareness about the film via festivals, collaboration with organizations, and online venues. This a time intensive undertaking that involves some preliminary research, but we will mainly be focused on this task upon our return from Australia. However much we raise that surpasses our initial goal will not only be put towards compensation for additional video shooting, but also editing, promoting, and eventually screening the documentary once we are back in the U.S.

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    Thank you for joining our community! As a token of our gratitude, you will mentioned in the credits (good opportunity to pretend you're famous!)

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    Right on! Solid pledge. You've got yourself a shout out in the credits, access to a download of The Next Step, a photo of Australia, AND a Skype session with the producers! Ask us anything! We look forward to chatting with you :)

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    First of all, THANK YOU. For $1000, we will buy you dinner...really. You can even bring a guest! We are so grateful for your generosity and would LOVE to talk with you about the production process and our trip once we return. You will also get a DVD copy of the documentary, photo book, high resolution photo, AND of course a mention in the credits..as a founding producer!

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