Only on Dakota News Now: Augie pitcher fitted for new prosthetic arm
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Augustana pitcher Parker Hanson was in the Twin Cities Friday to get fitted for a new prosthetic arm.
Parker’s prosthetic arm was stolen in May. Augustana launched a fundraiser for a new arm but then Shriners Twin Cities offered to build him one for free. In return, Parker is donating the $5,000 that was raised.
Parker was able to get fitted for a new prosthetic early Friday morning by the same hospital that’s been treating him since he was a child. The Shriners Children’s Hospital had been following parkers story and his former doctor who is now retired, Robin Crandal, even came in to see him.
“The Shrine got involved because we don’t see patients after age 21. It was great. I didn’t recognize him, because it’s been probably 8 years since I’ve seen him,” says Crandal.
After Parker’s prosthetic was stolen he received a lot of support from the community
“I had a lot of companies reach out wanting to help thanks to all of them too. I wasn’t thrown out into the woods left to forget. A lot of people reached out wanting to help which was just incredible,” says Parker
Parker was able to raise a substantial amount of money towards a new prosthetic but since Shriner’s children’s hospital was going to cover it, he was able to make some donations.
“The way I split it up was, I gave $5,000 to Shriners, then $4,135 remaining balance to Knub Ability, another organization. They’re really huge for getting kids with amputees or disabilities in sports,” says Parker.
And Parker personally knows the owner of Knub Ability.
“When I messaged him and told him the amount, he was so grateful. He said this was going to take care of a lot of family’s expenses for camps so that’s cool,” says Parker.
Parker may be done playing collegiate baseball, however, he hasn’t stepped away from the sport.
”I actually play on a Louisville Sluggers Warriors’ team. It’s a bunch of amputees or people with disabilities. We get together a couple of times a year. Another one I’m going to keep trying to play pro ball. I’m going to keep training. I’m not giving up. I love baseball. I’m going to keep playing with that team, so might as well keep working hard for it so if an opportunity comes where I can say I played pro ball,” says Parker. “That’s awesome because I want to be an inspiration.”
Parker will be able to pick up his brand new prosthetic in roughly two weeks.
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