An Augustana University (South Dakota) pitcher is trying to turn a bad experience into a good one through mentorship and giving.
Parker Hanson, a right-handed pitcher who was born without a left hand, announced through Facebook earlier this week that his prosthetic arm had been stolen from his truck inside a backpack full of attachments and other belongings that was in his unlocked vehicle outside his home that morning.
His prosthetic arm is specially fitted for him along with the attachments. The bag contained about $15,000 to $25,000 worth of equipment, he said.
“It’s only for me. I’m the only person in the world that can use that arm,” Hanson said.
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Hanson talked to his neighbor and got surveillance footage of the suspect responsible for entering his vehicle and taking his belongings. The footage was shared on Facebook, and Hanson asked for help recovering his stolen items.
On Tuesday, the Sioux Falls Police Department found his bag on the side of the road near Hanson’s home. The prosthetic attachments were returned to Hanson, but his arm is still missing.
“I’m guessing the news stories kind of rattled them, maybe made them feel a little bad or guilty about what they took,” Hanson said.
Hanson has a backup arm he’s been using but said it’s a tighter fit and doesn’t feel the same as the one that’s missing.
Although he was born without a left hand, Hanson said he doesn’t see that as a disability. Instead, he sees it as an ability to inspire others. That ability took a hit when thieves stole his prosthetics.
“I’ve had people from all walks of life reach out hoping I get my stuff back,