Behan Helps Siena College Earn International Attention

July 8, 2016

As part of Behan Communications’ higher education PR and marketing practice, we are proud to assist Siena College in telling the public about the great work done by the college’s faculty and students.

Among that work is a wonderful heart-warming story of students working to help change the life of a young girl born without a hand. The news interest began with regional coverage in upstate New York, and quickly grew to include national news networks and websites, as well as international coverage in places like England and Australia.

A group of eight Siena College students, led by senior physics majors Alyx Gleason and Miranda Marnes, spent six months working on a prosthetic arm for nine-year-old Karissa Mitchell, and presented her in June with the perfect gift to start her summer vacation. Siena’s e-NABLE chapter is part of the Enabling the Future community. The e-NABLE Community is made up of individuals and teams from all over the world who are using their 3D printers to create free 3D printed hands and arms for those in need of an upper limb assistive device.

Karissa was born missing her right hand and wrist and at six weeks old was diagnosed with a heart condition known as Atrial Septal Defect. Her favorite movie is Disney’s “Frozen” so Siena’s students built her an arm with a “Frozen” theme, much to the delight of Karissa and her parents.