The mission of the "Lean on Me Cane Project" is to donated canes that help increase pride, confidence and self worth in ones disabilities.
The "Lean On Me Cane Project" started in October 2014 with Jen Costello's disability. Jen is a 45 year survivor of Wilms Tumor Cancer and the treatment was experimental. The massive amount of chemotherapy and radiation left her with numerous health and physical side effects. In 2013 she was prescribed leg braces and a medical cane that caused depression. The prescribed medical equipment aided in her determination to make a cane to increase self confidence and self worth. After she completed a few canes a friend requested a special cane for her husband. "After I donated my first cane and saw the joy of his face I knew this is my purpose. It is hard enough to have a disability but to have a medical cane makes it all the worse".
The wood worker, Richard Naugle joined Lean on Me Cane Project April 2017. He has been carving since 2013 and brings a lot of motivation and excitement to the group. Richard is the lead carver with numerous donations a month to others in need.
Lean on me Cane Project is growing with Team carvers and artist over the US and England. Team members donate 350 canes or walking sticks to individuals within their community or by requested cane emails. Each Team carvers has their unique style to developing walking sticks and canes. Team carvers reach over the US and they provide photos of their canes and the individuals receiving these aids.
Lean on Me Cane Project is looking for carvers, wood workers and artist to design and donate 1 cane a year to a disabled or mobility individual within your area. Please take a photo of the cane, photo of you and the person (or just the person), name and location. We will gladly post your donation on the Guest Donation section of the Lean On Me Cane Project Page. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lean On Me canes are functional works of art. They are intended only for personal use to assist with mobility and balance. Lean On Me carvers do their very best to make their canes sturdy, safe and functional. But the canes carry no guarantees and, by accepting a Lean On Me cane,The recipient assumes any and all risks of harm resulting from the use of their Lean On Me Cane. Photos taken of a donated cane, walking sticks or individuals receiving a walking aid agree the Lean On Me Cane Project can use photos for website, fliers and publications .