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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. 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.
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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 him again."

And that's when the idea for MagnaReady was born.

"There's not anything on the market like it," Maura Horton said.

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 getting dressed.

"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.

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