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Custom shower, gives Fort Wayne man complete independence

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.
 

At first glance, you might not think Terry Haffner, Fort Wayne, is capable of taking care of himself, but that's simply not the case. 

“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 United States in almost 32 states,” said Haffner. 

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 Trine University to give them a hand. 

Tom DeAgostino, an engineering Professor at Trine University and director of Innovation One.

“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.

 “Being able to be part of a team that gave someone that last step to gain there own independence more or less is very cool,” said Downing.    

“This is something I can now do after 60 years on this earth,” said Haffner. 

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