Curtis Kennedy’s childhood dream was lacing up his skates for an NHL team. Instead at 14 he was diagnosed with Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm (BPDCN), a rare form of leukemia that can affect multiple organs, including the lymph nodes and skin. Now Kennedy has a new vision and at 21 and is on the verge of debuting his creation the Vertiball, a ball-on-the-wall massager.
The fifth-year mechanical engineering student at the University of New Brunswick first conceived the product after spending hours with a lacrosse ball rolling around on the floor trying to apply pressure to muscles affected by his myofascial pain, chronic pain that forms knots of tense muscles along his back. Kennedy thought there had to be a better way of applying pressure to his back. After 210 iterations of the Vertiball and industrial suction cups he is preparing for a Kickstarter later this fall. Full story here.