Surrey teen goes online to raise cash for a new hand

SURREY — By Drew Daniel’s estimate, it will be either a decade or next week before his dream of having a second functioning hand will finally become reality.

It will come down to the success of an online crowdsourcing effort the 18-year-old Surrey resident recently launched to help him buy a bebionic 3, a prosthetic hand that he says would change his life and ultimately that of people across B.C.

“It can do almost everything a normal hand can,” said Daniel, who was born without a left hand and has used various prosthetics since he was a child.

The prosthetic hand Daniel now uses can make a pinching action, something he said works OK for things like video games, bike riding, and tying shoes, but it has limitations. It freezes intermittently, for example, and it isn’t easy to use for driving or even gripping and carrying some objects.

Daniel launched his crowdsourcing effort to raise money to afford a bebionic 3, which can make 16 different movements rather than the one his current hand makes. It’s also more durable, it flexes, and the wrist rotates by itself.

It can also help others, he said.

Daniel has received money for prosthetics from the War Amps in the past, but he said the bebionic 3 is still too expensive to be eligible for funding, something he hopes would change as people in the province started to adopt the technology. There is precedent for such a thing, he said, noting that myoelectric hands like the one he has now were expensive at first then dropped in price as people started buying them.

“Its been out for a few years, but there always has to be a first person that does it,” he said.

The bebionic 3 costs about $28,000 including a new socket, a huge expense for Daniel who makes a living working at a car wash in Maple Ridge and hand making silver jewelry.

One of the first things Daniel would like to do with his new hand is hit the gym. He said he’d like to tone and even-out his physique, something he can’t do with his current prosthetic.

“I have one strong arm and then a weak one,” he said.

It’s just one of the physical limitations Daniel has become accustomed to, but could live free from with a new hand.

Daniel’s crowdsourcing campaign, at https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/0ooO0, ends Sept. 10.

For more stories from the Vancouver Sun, click here.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Social media a blessing and a curse during time of crisis: B.C. communication expert

‘In moments of crisis, fear is very real and palpable,’ says SFU’s Peter Chow-White

OBITUARY: Sherrold Haddad brought giant Canadian flag to Surrey car dealership, built community

‘An amazing man, business person and community leader,’ friend Bruce Hayne posted to Facebook

COVID-19: Daily update on the pandemic in Surrey, White Rock, Delta and beyond

MARCH 28: Delta council passes bylaw to fine people who don’t socially distance

B.C. is seeing the highest rate of COVID-19 recovery in Canada, and there’s a few reasons why

British Columbia was one of the first to see rise in COVID-19 cases, and has also switched up testing

No plans to call in military right now to enforce COVID-19 quarantine: Trudeau

Trudeau unveils $7.5M for Kids Help Phone, $9M for vulnerable seniors amid COVID-19

B.C. Ferries passengers staying away, as asked, during COVID-19 pandemic

Ferry corporation says ridership down 70-80 per cent over the last week and a half

Sewers stitch masks to free up supplies for front-line health-care workers

“We have little old ladies sewing up a storm,” said Joan Davis

Experts weigh in on best handling of groceries during COVID-19 pandemic

Study suggests the virus can live for up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to three days on plastic

‘There is community’: B.C. councillor welcomes new baby into world amid COVID-19 pandemic

‘I realize there’s much more than fear and worry… there is hope, there is new life’: Jason Lum

COVID-19 world update: Enforceable quarantine in NYC?; France orders 1 billion masks

Spain warns EU’s future at stake; New York governor calls Trump’s idea ‘federal declaration of war

Blue ribbons popping up along streets in Abbotsford in praise of B.C. healthcare workers

Healthcare worker’s family starts local trend of morale support

Earth Hour 2020 kicks off online Saturday night

Action moves online due to COVID-19

Most Read