Young multiple amputee tells success story at War Amps Toronto Seminar



    TORONTO, Aug. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - For some, being born a quadruple amputee
might be considered an obstacle, but not for Lindsay Hilton, 22, of Halifax.
    Today (Saturday August 16) at 1:30 pm in Ballroom South of Toronto's
Westin Prince Hotel (900 York Mills Road) Lindsay will tell her success story
to multiple amputee children - or Super Champs - from across Canada attending
The War Amps 2008 Multiple Amputation Seminar.
    In a session called "They Did It: You Can Too!," Lindsay will tell her
inspiring story, including her family's match with that of an older quadruple
amputee shortly after her birth through The War Amps Matching Mothers Program;
attending CHAMP Seminars and becoming a Junior Counsellor; being a Safety
Ambassador with The War Amps PLAYSAFE/DRIVESAFE float and joining Operation
Legacy to pass the NEVER AGAIN! message from war amputee veterans to Canada's
youth. A graduate of Mount Allison University, she now works for a major
Canadian bank.

    At 1:45 pm, in the same room, "Super Champs" will show the artificial
limbs and assistive devices they use to enjoy recreational activities and be
independent. This will include devices for hockey, cycling, swimming and more.

    Morning sessions today, also in Ballroom South, include:

    9 am to 10:15 am: JUMPSTART - a look at The War Amps program that
    provides computers and assistive computer devices to Super Champs for
    schoolwork and later careers, as well as the dynamic new WEBMASTERS
    program.

    10:30 am to 11 am: SUPER CHAMPS CAN - CHAMP Graduates Brian Wade and
    Chris Koch, both quadruple amputees, show the Super Champs tips and
    tricks for living independently, including cleaning, grocery shopping,
    travel and cooking.

    War Amps CEO Cliff Chadderton, who initiated CHAMP, points out that the
Multiple Amputation Seminar is an invaluable resource for Super Champs and
their parents. "We hold regular CHAMP Seminars, but this one allows us to
address in an in-depth way the issues specific to raising a multiple amputee
child. It has a tremendous impact in putting these young Super Champs on the
road to independence."
    Utilizing the "Winner's Circle" philosophy, CHAMP changes the lives of
child amputees through artificial limbs, counselling, 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.




For further information:

For further information: or interviews: Danita Chisholm, (613) 797-1654
(cell); Annélise Petlock, (613) 818-8769


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