FreeArm and The Freeman Foundation
All Home Care Matters was honored to welcome Misti Freeman Staley as our guest to the show to learn the story behind FreeArm and The Freeman Foundation and how she is helping to change the lives of families.
Misti’s son Freeman Ellis Staley was born in 2015 with heart and lung complications. 3.5 months were spent in the Little Rock Arkansas Children’s Hospital NICU, home for 5 weeks, and then back in the PICU for another 5 months before Freeman sadly lost his battle with pulmonary hypertension at 10 months old.
After Freeman’s passing, Misti devoted a full year of her time to Freeman Foundation, raising $250K to build a state-of-the-art, ADA accessible playground in downtown Helena, Arkansas. Freeman Playground, at opening, was the only Arkansas playground within 90 miles of Helena with ramps on the equipment and a poured in place rubber surface for children with special needs. Freeman Playground brings joy to the community while remembering Freeman and many other children who have left this world too soon.
Misti continues to manage Freeman Foundation while also working as CEO of Staley House LLC, creator of the FreeArm. Misti and her husband Will needed an extra hand tube feeding their son Freeman, so they created one- The FreeArm! The FreeArm holds gravity syringe feeds, pump feeds and infusions at the hospital, home and on-the-go, giving mobility and consistency to tube feeding and home infusion. The FreeArm has been on the market since late 2018 and is helping parents, Tubies and caregivers worldwide. The FreeArm is a patent pending, FDA class one medical device and billable for insurance coverage. The FreeArm and Freeman Playground give Freeman’s short life larger meaning. Misti is happy to continue to spread Freeman’s legacy of love.