Chilliwack – 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 Ethan Fleming, 12, of Chilliwack.
Ethan is a left leg amputee due to cancer, 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.
“The War Amps has provided invaluable support to Ethan and our family over the years. The seminars have helped Ethan develop confidence and to realize that he’s not alone,” says mom, Tanna. “We are so proud to be part of an organization that has made such a difference in the lives of amputees over the last 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 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.