Babson students design business for class with part of proceeds going to help AJ Quetta
A group of students at Babson College are selling bracelets that will go towards helping AJ Quetta and his family.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A group of students at Babson College are selling bracelets that will go towards helping AJ Quetta and his family.
According to the latest update from AJ’s army, Bishop Feehan hockey player and North Providence native AJ Quetta continues to improve while recovering at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Ga.
The teen suffered severe injuries after going headfirst into the boards during a hockey game back in January.
“It’s a tough, tough road on his way to recovery and he needs all the support he can get,” said his friend Justin Clark. “If you have kids, you’ll understand the pain that’s involved with this.”
Clark is a friend of Quetta’s, and also a Babson College student. He, along with his eight classmates, have started a business as an assignment selling a bracelet called the WorryWatcher. It’s aimed at reducing stress and anxiety using a fidget attachment.
They partnered with Knautical Goods in Calif. to create the bracelet.
“Have to come up with a business that is in line with helping or solving a problem,” said Babson Student Jake Ross.
But the WorryWatcher is also helping to solve a separate problem, with 5o percent of the proceeds going to help Quetta and his recovery from his spinal cord injury.
“Not only a stylish, cool bracelet, but, I mean it’s a great and easy way to help out AJ. He’s an awesome kid, one of the funniest kids you’ll meet,” said Clark.
The students say they’ve been getting As on what they’ve submitted so far, but that either way they’re just happy they can help the Quettas in whatever way they can.
“When you hear the news about a close friend like that, the first thing you think of is, ‘What could I do to help you?'” said Clark.
The students say they’ve had a big response from the community over the last six weeks selling the bracelet, though they’re not allowed to say how much they’ve sold until the project is complete.
The last day to purchase the bracelet is Thursday.
According to the latest update from AJ’s father, AJ is currently working his way off of a ventilator, and spending lots of time in the gym.
He is slated to head to a spinal cord injury therapy facility in Canton, Mass. between May and July, and then likely will go into a treatment program in Miami this summer.