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"Champs" at war amps

For more than 100 years, The War Amps has been making a difference in the lives of amputees including Rio Manning, 16, and Bryce Cordick, 15, of Kelowna.
Rio and Bryce were both born missing a hand and are members of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program. The pair became close friends many years ago at an annual CHAMP seminar and recently reunited at the 2019 BC Seminar in Richmond.   
“I learn a lot at the seminars but one of the best parts is when Rio and I can connect and discuss everything we have in common,” says Bryce. “We were both recently fitted with weightlifting devices and shared tips on how to use them.”
At CHAMP seminars, young amputees and their parents learn about the latest in artificial limbs, dealing with teasing and staring and parenting an amputee child. The seminar is also an opportunity for child amputees and their families to connect and share similar experiences about living with amputation.
“Seminars are a powerful experience, as Champs and parents learn they are not alone,” says Danita Chisholm, Executive Director of the CHAMP Program. “Thanks to the public’s support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service, we are able to bring young  amputees like Rio and Bryce together as well as provide financial assistance for the cost of artificial limbs.”
Photo: Rio (left) and Bryce (right) showing their weightlifting devices at the 2019 BC CHAMP Seminar.

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