WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - "Fireworks are fun and all that. Just safety. Like, don't be dumb. It can change your life in literally less than a second," said Wichita resident Mark McCormick. 

Being one of the most dangerous holidays, the Fourth of July always comes with injuries. But a few years ago for Mark McCormick, it was an injury that changed his life forever.

"I was being dumb and like, just playing with fireworks and shooting off mortar shells, and doing things like holding the cannon. And the cannon had bent, and I didn't notice. And it went off in my hand," said McCormick.

McCormick says his friend rushed him to the hospital where he began fighting for his life.

"I immediately got a blood transfusion, because I lost so much blood. And then after that, I had to wait 10 and a half hours for surgery," he said.

McCormick said when he woke up, he was just expecting some cuts and bruises.

"I had high hopes because the doctor never really talked to me. They had a gigantic cast on my hand and I could still feel it. And whenever they took the cast off, it broke my heart," McCormick said.

That's when he found out that doctors had to amputate his hand and about fourteen inches of his arm.

But he says the hardest part was still yet to come.

"I was told by the doctors I was supposed to take six months off of work. And I'm supporting a whole household, a whole everything. I owned a home, everything. I lost everything because of it. And now my family is separated. Like I'm trying to get us all back together, it's just hard," McCormick explained.

McCormick says he was denied disability, so he had no choice but to keep working. After refusing to ever give up, he re-learned how to do everything in life most would find impossible, like work his construction job, and fix his own cars when they break down.

Now, McCormick says he qualifies for a robotic hand since all of his muscles and nerves still work, but he doesn't know how he'll ever be able to afford to get a normal life back.

"I've tried to find the cheapest... And even that is $20,000. But like, a preferable one, or a good one, It'd be like $50,000 or something like that. It's insane," McCormick said.

However, he says above all else, his biggest hope is that his story will remind others of the importance of safety around fireworks.

"Just be careful. Don't play around and think it's just a game. Because just like I said, at any given moment, it could change."

McCormick has GoFundMe hoping to raise money toward getting his new hand. If you would like to donate, click here.