The War Amps 100th anniversary year-long celebration is coming to a close. What began as an association to assist war amputee veterans returning from the First World War, has expanded its programs over the years to support all amputees, including Adie Nutt, 8, of Alexandria.
Adie was born a right arm amputee, and as a member of the War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, is eligible for financial assistance for artificial limbs and recreational devices. He also attends regional CHAMP seminars where “Champs” and their parents learn about the latest in artificial limbs, dealing with teasing and bullying and parenting an amputee child.
“Thanks to The War Amps, Adie has been fitted with artificial arms so that he can hold a hockey stick, a baseball bat, a golf club, and even a bicycle handlebar,” says his mother, Cassie. “We’re so proud to be part of an Association that has been making a difference in the lives of amputees for a century.”
Executive Director of the CHAMP Program, Danita Chisholm says, “Although The War Amps has provided 100 years of innovative programs, there is still much to do to ensure amputees like Adie have the artificial limbs they need to lead full and active lives. With the public’s support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service, our vital programs for amputees will carry on long into the future.”
The War Amps receives no government grants and its programs are possible through public support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service.
CHAMP: Adie Nutt at his first War Amps CHAMP Seminar in 2011 (left), and today (right), showing the device he uses to play hockey.