When Maura Horton launched her Raleigh-based company seven months ago, she would have never guessed that her magnetic shirts would be in such high demand.
RALEIGH, N.C. -
When Maura Horton launched her Raleigh-based company seven
months ago, she would have never guessed that her magnetic shirts would be in
such high demand.
"It's been crazy," Horton said.
After Horton's husband, former N.C. State football assistant
coach Don Horton, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, she found that he
struggled with the simplest of tasks, like buttoning his shirts.
"He said, 'It was a really hard day. I couldn't button
my shirt today I had to have someone help me.' That night I kept thinking, what
are we going to do? He's got another away game. I don't want this to happen to
And that's when the idea for
MagnaReady was born.
"There's not anything on the market like it," Maura Horton
The shirt looks and feels like any regular male dress shirt,
but with magnets lining the sides, cleverly hidden beneath the buttons.
"It just snaps on, snaps off," said Don Enderle, who was
diagnosed with Parkinson's four years ago. "It's very easy to get dressed. I
don't have to fool with buttoning these things."
After being diagnosed, Enderle said he found himself
suddenly with limited movement, and he lost a lot of his dexterity. He said he
found out about Horton's shirts through a friend
While Horton initially started the company to help people
with Parkinson's, she found her unique shirts helped anyone who has trouble
"I had no idea that there were that many people who didn't
have what they needed either," Maura Horton said.
People with Rheumatoid arthritis, ALS or even broken bones have
placed orders for the shirts.
"I was doing it for a need to help my husband but as
soon as I started doing the research I found out, there's a much bigger group
other than Parkinson's that it assists, and that's people with Rheumatoid
arthritis," Maura Horton said.
Horton said the response to her shirts has been humbling.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
recently put Horton's company as a resource.