Young multiple amputees show "They Can" at War Amps Toronto Seminar



    SCARBOROUGH, ON, Aug. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Blaike Holding, 19, of B.C.
dreamed of continuing to enjoy sports after becoming a quadruple amputee. She
has since learned that being a multiple amputee isn't an obstacle to reaching
your dreams. That is the message that she and other young people from across
Canada will give at the launch of The War Amps 2008 Multiple Amputation
Seminar today.
    At 10:30 a.m. today (Friday August 15) at The War Amps Key Tag Service,
1 Maybrook Drive, in Scarborough, some of the older "Super Champs" attending
the Seminar will show the recreational limbs and devices they use in a session
called "Super Champs Can!"
    They will include Blaike, who will show her specially-adapted running
legs; Pascale Ménard, 17, of Ontario, who will show her adapted computer
keyboard; Jesse Ward, 16, of Alberta, who will show his sports and swimming
legs and Lindsay Hilton, 22, of Nova Scotia, who has specialized devices for
rugby.
    The War Amps also encourages Super Champs like Matthew Reimer, 9, of
Manitoba, to pursue the dream of a successful career and future independence
and, through JUMPSTART and WEBMASTERS, provides them with computers and
training to achieve this. Matthew will be presented with a new computer today
in this session.
    War Amps CEO Cliff Chadderton, who founded CHAMP, says the 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."
    The remainder of the Seminar will be held at the Westin Prince Hotel,
900 York Mills Road in Toronto.

    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: Danita Chisholm at (613) 797-1654 (cell) or
1-877-60MEDIA; Media are welcome to attend.


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