"Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence." - Abigail Adams

Although the former first lady spoke these words more than a century ago, they’re still very true today.  And for those who can’t attend school in person, the possibilities have been extremely limited. 

And for some, the “ardor” and “diligence” in getting an education are not trivial. 

At VGo, we’re proud that our robots are helping thousands of patients stay connected to their physicians, family members, and classmates as they overcome illness and disease.  I want to share with you a story that has touched all of us and really shows the impact a VGo can have.

You may have heard that a film featuring VGo won a national contest.  Last month, The White House held a Student Film Festival highlighting the importance of technology in education.  Over 2500 films were submitted to The Department of Education and 16 winners were chosen.  One of those was from Posnack Jewish Day School in Florida where 7th grader Kyle Weintraub uses a VGo to attend school while undergoing cancer treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Without the robot, Kyle would be basically isolated and would fall behind in his classes.

"I’ve really been through a lot – this robot has impacted me tremendously. Without the robot, I would not have access to my old life – my friends or my studies. Life would be awful without the robot. I wouldn't see my friends. I wouldn't be doing much at all,” Kyle says in the film.

President Obama has said the VGo is a “wonderful example of the difference technology can make.” 

"Even as he is getting medical treatment, and fights to get better, Kyle can keep up with his studies," the president said.

We know that school isn’t just about the learning, but also about the social interaction.  Studies have shown having a more positive outlook and attitude significantly helps patients during traumatic illness, treatment and recovery.

The VGo “really gave him the security and sense of belonging and the continuity that he needed,” Kyle’s mother, Robin Weintraub says. “I can honestly say that I think it’s the VGo saving Kyle’s life – because if it wasn’t for the VGo, we problely wouldn’t have stayed here for treatment – I don’t know what would have happened.”

Learn more about Kyle and the film here: http://www.vgocom.com/vgo-featured-white-house-student-film-festival