Being an amputee is not a barrier to living a full and active life. With the help of artificial limbs and adaptive devices, amputees like Haddessah Block, 13, of Kelowna, can take part in their favourite activities.
Haddessah was born a partial left hand amputee, and as a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, is eligible for financial assistance for the cost of artificial limbs and devices. She 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.
Haddessah was recently fitted with a device for biking. “I love riding my bike and this device has made a big difference for me,” says Haddessah. “It gives me a better grip of the handlebar and I can steer much more easily.”
The Association is this year embarking on its second century of service, and there is still much to do to ensure amputees like Haddessah have the artificial limbs and devices they need to reach their goals. “The War Amps receives no government grants but with the public’s continued support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service, our vital programs for amputees will carry on long into the future,” says Danita Chisholm, Executive Director of the CHAMP Program.
Photo: Haddessah with her bike device which was funded thanks to public support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service.