Young Champ

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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.

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