When new mom Sharina Jones saw her friends going out for strolls with their babies, she felt a pang of sadness.
“I thought, ‘What am I going to do?'” she said to FOX 2 Detroit.
You see, 35-year-old Jones is a paraplegic, and has been since she was shot in the leg at the age of five. For her, taking her small son on a stroll while in a wheelchair is near impossible. And here’s where we introduce 16-year-old Alden Kane, who set his sights on helping the young mom.
A partnership between Alden’s high school and the University of Detroit Mercy allowed him to take college-level STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) classes. Jones’ learned about the partnership and was paired up with Kane so he could find a solution to her problem. The teen set his sights on building a wheelchair stroller and spent months toiling over every detail.
Made of lightweight steel tubing, the baby carrier easily clamps onto the wheelchair and the baby’s car seat sits perfectly in it, according to Fox 2.
“After six months of hard work, six months of working in the machine shop designing it up, it was priceless seeing the design on her wheelchair, being used with her child in it,” Alden said to Fox 2.
Jones is now happily enjoying every stroll with her newborn and as for Alden, he’s busy perfecting his design and hopes to apply for a patent in the near future.