April 17, 2020


Keep Moving Forward.

QL+ Challenger, Rosemary Salak is an Army Veteran and amputee. Being an amputee hasn't stopped her from doing anything and everything she wants to do, and that includes having fun at the beach.  She asked QL+ students from Ohio University and the Russ College of Engineering and Technology to design and build a device that will allow her to enter and exit the surf without help from her friends.

Rosemary has a waterproof prosthetic leg that can be used in sand and water, however, it is not very functional for romping in the surf and for casual swimming, so she prefers to not use it. When she goes to the beach, she relies on friends to physically support her as she enters and exits the surf, hopping on one leg. The solution they design ought to provide a way for her to more gracefully get into and out of the surf.

QL+ teams have been working hard all school year and then COVID-19 changed everything. The universities and labs closed, and many of the students went back to their respective homes.  This new normal has not stopped our teams from their work. They are adapting and doing what they can to complete their project.

Americans are experiencing extremely uncertain and difficult times. During this period, the Quality of Life Plus (QL+) board and staff want to share with you the steps we are taking to meet our responsibilities to our donors and our Challengers -- the wounded and disabled veterans and first responders with whom we are working at our partner universities around the nation.

It is important that QL+ continues and, wherever possible, completes its work.

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