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How a Father’s Love for His Ailing Son Inspired Him to Reinvent the Sneaker

How a Father's Love for His Ailing Son Inspired Him to Reinvent the Sneaker

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When Steve Kaufman’s son Alex was 13 years old, he was diagnosed with scoliosis, a curvature of the spine that can lead to a myriad of health problems if not properly treated. To avoid having large metal rods surgically implanted in his back, Alex had to wear a big, bulky torso brace for 22 hours a day.

The brace stopped Alex’s spinal curve from getting worse, but it also prevented him from bending over and putting on his shoes by himself. Not being able to complete a basic, everyday task of this nature can be humbling for anyone, let alone a teenager who longs to fit in. This worried Steve. Related: A Father-Son Team Raises $10 Million for Their Beekeeping Invention on Indiegogo

“He was cinched in […]

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