Do­na­tions help young am­putees

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

I am a left arm am­putee and a grad­u­ate mem­ber of The War Amps Child Am­putee (CHAMP) Pro­gram. I was re­cently fit­ted with an ar­ti­fi­cial arm thanks to pub­lic sup­port of The War Amps Key Tag Ser­vice.

My arm is great in practicality and func­tion­al­ity. The hand can de­tach from the arm and be re­placed with a wide va­ri­ety of at­tach­ments, such as for bik­ing, al­low­ing me to take part in ac­tiv­i­ties with ease.

2016 marks the 70th an­niver­sary of The War Amps Key Tag Ser­vice and to date, more than 1.5 mil­lion sets of lost keys have been re­turned to their own­ers.

Al­though it is a free ser­vice, do­na­tions pro­vide young am­putees with fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for ar­ti­fi­cial limbs and, while grow­ing up, al­low us to go to re­gional sem­i­nars where we learn about the lat­est in ar­ti­fi­cial limbs and meet oth­ers just like us. I am now able to give back at sem­i­nars by be­ing there to help new Champs and their par­ents.

We ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­one who has sup­ported The War Amps Key Tag Ser­vice, which has helped Cana­dian am­putees like me for the past 70 years. Matthew Handrahan, 22, Char­lot­te­town

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