Drew Daniel’s crowdsourcing for a prosthetic arm concluded with a donation from Variety.

Variety lends a helping hand

Funding from charity tops up teen’s fundraiser for a new high-tech prosthetic limb.

EVAN SEAL

It’s taken more than a year of fundraising, but for one young man, the reward has been well worth the wait.

Featured in The Leader in 2014, Drew Daniel was born without a left hand due his umbilical cord wrapping around his arm in utero.

Throughout his life, Daniel has used numerous prosthetic arms, however the outdated technology made completing basic tasks difficult.

A little over a year ago, he began a crowdfunding campaign in an attempt to raise funds for a new state-of-the-art aluminum and carbon-fibre prosthetic arm that would give him the dexterity to perform more intricate tasks.

The cost for the new device was more than $28,000.

Daniel was able to raise $20,000, but was still more than $7,000 short.

That’s when Variety – The Children’s Charity stepped in.

“A woman put me in contact with Variety and said they may be able to help,” said Daniel. “I didn’t realize Variety offered funding for people like myself.”

Recently he was fitted for the latest high-tech prosthetic limb called the BeBionic 3 – thanks to a $7,500 contribution from Variety.

The wrist rotates 360 degree and each finger moves, Daniel said – complex functions the older model was unable to perform.

“I would like other families to know that The Variety Charity is an amazing organization,” said Daniel. “(Variety) helps people like myself achieve things that may not be possible on their own due to the high cost of most medical devices.”

This year Daniel will be featured on the 2016 50th anniversary of the Show of Hearts Telethon taking place Feb. 13 and 14, which raises money for the charity.

 

Just Posted

Lost a ring? This White Rock man will find it for you

Chris Turner founded The Ring Finders, an international directory of metal detector hobbyists

PHOTOS: Family Day celebrated at Historic Stewart Farm

Youngsters participate in some old fashioned fun

Clayton’s little neighbourhood libraries are open for business

’Take a book, leave a book’ initiative aims to bring Clayton residents closer together

Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furor

Butts categorically denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the PMO improperly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould

Aaron Pritchett and George Canyon to headline Gone Country concert in Cloverdale this summer

‘Early bird tickets on sale via Twins Cancer Fundraising website

Poverty coalition has high hopes for B.C. poverty reduction strategy

Funding allocation expected to be released with 2019 budget

‘How did we get here?’: B.C. mom of transplant recipient worries about measles outbreaks

Addison, 7, cannot get a live vaccine because she has a heart transplant

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions

Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week

Canadian airlines waiting for guidance from Ottawa over X gender option

Major U.S. airlines said they will change their process so passengers can identify themselves along non-binary lines

UPDATE: Plane flips over at Pitt Meadows airport

The pilot and lone occupant exited the aircraft on his own and uninjured.

Moose Hide campaign takes message to Canadian schools

Campaign launches new K-12 education platform

‘Violent’ B.C. man wanted on Canada-wide warrant

Prince George man with ties to Vernon sought by police

Most Read