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WATWB: 13 Year Old Makes Medical Masks Less Painful


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Thirteen-year-old Quinn Callander from Canada saw photos of doctors and nurses with injuries from long hours in medical masks. Then he saw a plea from hospitals asking for ear guards to help relieve some of the pressure on health-care workers ears and faces.

For his birthday, Quinn had gotten the 3-D printer he asked for and made some ear guards from an internet design.  After Quinn’s mother, “Heather Roney, posted a couple of photos of her son and his ear guard project on her Facebook page… requests came flying in.”

Quinn’s printer is now going 24/7 and he’s made more than 500 ear guards that help ease the pain of medical care professionals around the world.

I hope you’ll read more about Quinn and his project in this Washington Post article. 

We Are The World Blogfest is a monthly effort to bring positive stories of hope to the world. We share these stories on the last Friday of every month. Thank you to this month’s co-hosts:

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

20 thoughts on “WATWB: 13 Year Old Makes Medical Masks Less Painful

  1. So inspiring to see what this young man did! Thank you for sharing.

  2. I saw this article in an innovation newsletter, and I was so impressed by this young man’s quick thinking and selfless attitude. It truly gives you hope for the future, knowing that kids like this are a part of it.

    Thanks for sharing this story for WATWB, JoAnna, and thank you for bringing us good news throughout the year on this wonderful site.

    Take care.

  3. This is amazing. I love how the young really have so much to offer if we believe in them.
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. This is a fabulous heart-warming story. – thanks for sharing it. The cleverness, kindness and generosity of kids is amazing.

  5. The other commentators have said it all. Kudos to thirteen-year-old Quinn Callander! The future of our species are in good hands. Now it’s up to us adults to ensure that we leave them with a habitable planet.

  6. So inspiring! Thank you for sharing.

  7. What an inspirational young man! Thank you for sharing, JoAnna.

  8. Would have loved to read the Washington Post article JoAnna but to do so I would have had to subscribe 😦 But anyway kudos on this young chap’s ingenuity 🙂

    • I’m sorry, Susan. I think they must allow you a certain number before they require subscription since I could read this one, but got locked out today. I’ll keep that in mind and try to give more detail.

  9. Hi JoAnna – what a brilliant idea … and how interesting he wanted a 3D printer for his birthday … he’s going to go places. Take care and thanks for this … Hilary

  10. Wonderful idea. This little genius is going to invent many useful things.

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