MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Twin sisters Delaney and Hadley Robertson are busy young girls about to start high school. They do just about everything together, including hosting an educational travel and cooking show on public television.
Two years ago, during a physical routine, Hadley received some difficult news.
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“I was diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis when I was 12 years old. For that, I had to wear a brace for 18 hours a day for two years, ”recalls Hadley.
Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine affecting six to nine million people per year. Wearing a special brace is a common way to correct it and avoid surgery. Patients should wear it diligently, regardless of their active lifestyle.
At the time, Hadley said they “did a lot of sports. One thing I did in particular was synchronized swimming, it’s one thing where you really can’t wear a brace in the water.
Keeping track of how long it takes to wear the splint has proven to be very difficult.
“We tried using a notepad or a whiteboard, but none of them really worked. So we thought it would be an app on the App Store that could help us, but it wasn’t, so we decided to develop one ourselves, ”said Hadley. .
The dynamic duo created the BraceTrack app, which is free in the App Store.
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“We were really passionate about this project. We kind of did some research on scoliosis, we kind of designed the app, everything we want to have, all the features. Suppose you want to go to the beach one day for a few hours, so you only want to wear it for 2 hours, not 18, you can over time another day and “rack up” those hours, ”Delaney explained.
In addition to recording the time, it creates reports that can be sent to family and doctors. It has been deemed quite successful by many users.
“I think we have over 500 users at this point,” Hadley said.
“We were amazed by the responses we received,” she added.
Realizing that the braces are expensive, the twins raised $ 50,000 to help patients receiving treatment at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital through their organization “Brace for Impact”.
The Robertson sisters say they haven’t finished. They are working to improve the app by adding a sensor to track the time automatically.
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