StraightShot™ Apparel is a company that creates adaptive clothing for people who require injection shots or access through clothing to administer medications. CEO and Founder of StraightShot™ Apparel, Emily Guertler (17), is passionate about making life easier for patients and their caregivers after diagnosis. In 2014, Emily’s youngest brother, at 5-years-old, was diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes. This changed his life and the life of their entire family. Type-1 Diabetes is not preventable and is not cure-able. It requires that a Diabetic receive up to 5 injections per day, depending on need and meals. The American Diabetes Association recommends that injection sites be rotated and shared between arms, legs, stomach, and rear. Giving injections in the same spots over and over again causes scar tissue to build up that can cause giving injections to be painful. Wearing pants meant having to find a private place to give a shot in the leg or that arms were used more often increasing the frequency in which the scar tissue started to form/build up. Emily saw a way to make life easier for her parents and for Linkin. StraightShot™ Pants (patent pending). A pair of pants with an access point in each thigh so injections could be given at any time in the leg without interrupting activity.
In 2016 Emily took her idea and enrolled in a youth entrepreneur program. Through that class, our business of StraightShot™ Apparel was born. She presented to a group of over 800 people at the US Chamber of Commerce Small Business Summit to place third in the National Young Entrepreneurs Academy Competition.
In 2018, we are working on the initial clothing line not only for individuals who have Diabetes but also to help individuals who require feeding tubes, or cancer ports to give more accessibility to injection sites. Emily has worked hard to get her business going. Her award-winning business was given First Place in the Lassonde High School Entrepreneur Challenge, where she was awarded some startup money. Currently, our business is getting ready to ramp up production on our second product, the Zipper Kit.
You can help push production of our exclusive clothing line and Zipper Kits by voting for our business in the FedEx Small Business Grant Competition: