At first glance, you might not think Terry Haffner,
“I was born without arms and short legs,” said Terry Haffner.
Despite Haffner’s disabilities he is completely self-sufficient. He's a talented painter, he drives, and even travels the country as a motivational speaker.
“I have addressed audiences throughout the
But there's one thing he's never been able to do alone. Take a shower.
“I said to my twin brother we've got to find a way that I can shower by myself,” said Haffner.
His brother, an engineer, started brainstorming ideas to make Haffner’s dream a reality. They called on faculty and students at
Tom DeAgostino, an engineering Professor at
“If you can't take the skills you are learning and apply it for the betterment of humanity what good is it?” said DeAgostino.
A group of senior engineering students designed and installed a custom shower for Haffner--giving him the final piece of his independence.
“It's simple for most people to get in a shower to take a bath but it's a big thing for me, said Haffner.
For Trine engineering student Tim Downing, giving back to Haffner has left a lasting impression.
“This is something I can now do after 60 years on this earth,” said Haffner.