WATERLOO, ON, June 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The War Amps Winner's Circle
philosophy encourages child amputees to overcome their amputations and live
active lives. Today at the Association's 2007 Ontario Child Amputee (CHAMP)
Seminar in Waterloo, two Champs will show how they have achieved this.
At 1:15 p.m. in the Waterloo Inn's Viennese Ballroom, Courtney Gilmour,
22, of Waterloo, will tell her inspiring story. Born a multiple amputee, she
has taken on challenges like skiing, swimming, soccer and theatre. A longtime
member of The War Amps JUMPSTART, which provides computers and training to
multiple amputee children, Courtney has just graduated from the University of
At 1:30 p.m in the same room, Adrian Anantawan, 23, of Mississauga, will
demonstrate the violin. Born a right arm amputee, he plays with a violin
device provided by The War Amps. A recent graduate of the prestigious Curtis
Institute of Music in Philadelphia and now studying music at Yale University,
Adrian is well-known nationally for appearing in an award-winning War Amps
public service announcement.
Immediately following, young Champs from across Ontario will demonstrate
their recreational limbs and devices, including those for golfing, swimming,
hockey, cycling and weightlifting in a session called "Amputees in Action!"
Morning sessions from 9 to 11:15 a.m. include: "PLAYSAFE" (Rosedale Room)
for Champs 6-11 to learn to be War Amps Safety Ambassadors; "Teen Issues"
(Bloomingdale) for Champs 12 & up on working, driving and body image and "Play
& Learn" (Heritage) for Champs 5 & under and parents to meet and share
information (at 10:15 a.m. this group moves to the Viennese Ballroom for a
session on artificial limbs for infants and toddlers).
Founded by War Amps CEO Cliff Chadderton, CHAMP changes the lives of
child amputees through artificial limbs, counselling, regional Seminars and
programs like Matching Mothers. The War Amps is funded solely through public
support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service and receives no government
grants. For more information, call toll-free 1 800 250-3030, fax toll-free 1
800 219-8988 or visit www.waramps.ca.
Media are welcome to attend.
For further information:
For further information: Danita Chisholm, (613) 797-1654 from May 31 to
June 3th; Before or after, call 1-877-60MEDIA