The Mermaid Foundation provides real swimmable mermaid tails and accessories for amputees and the differently abled so they can enjoy the fun and magic of swimming as mermaids.
Ely Pouget, founder of The 2 Tails a maker of real swimmable mermaid tails based in Los Angeles had been wanting to create mermaid tails as prosthetics for amputees and people with disabilities for years. In early 2014, she got an email from a surgical nurse in Pennsylvania who was looking for a mermaid tail for her patient Sara, a 7 year old girl who had just undergone surgery to amputate both of her feet. Ely responded right a way and sent Sara a package with her new mermaid tail and accessories the next morning. Along with the package she included the promise to create a custom mermaid tail for Sara after she had healed from the surgery. That simple email request ignited the beginning of The Mermaid Foundation.
Ely along with her daughters, Sofia, Natasha and Catalina and her husband Andres Garreton founded The Mermaid Foundation to share the freedom and magic of mermaids with those in need.
Through years of communicating with children that understand the magic of mermaids, she has met some very special mermaids: children and adults who could find freedom in the water. One particular client told her "If they are going to stare at me when I get into the water, I want them to stare for a reason.”
Our tails are so easily adjusted to prosthetics that it just seems crazy not to make them available to anyone that wants them.
We have sent tails to hospitals and charities that have asked for them. These tails have helped a lot of kids and adults feel freer in the water. There is a barrier that needs to be broken between all of us. The barrier is the discomfort we sometimes feel between us and people who for whatever reason don’t have full mobility. We don’t know whether to ask them about it or not. Are they sick? Do they want to be left alone? Or, are they feeling separated and alone. Do they want us to approach them? The mermaid tails simply make them irresistible! The barriers are broken and a lot of fun can happen. We now reach a few, but we want to reach them all. All those mermaids out there just waiting to be freed!
Breaking Barriers, Creating Fun
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