TORONTO, June 18 /CNW/ - Bloorview Kids Rehab presents a Circle of Honour
Award today for service to Clifford Chadderton, CEO of The War Amps and the
brainchild behind the Child Amputee Program (CHAMP).
CHAMP links Canadian children with amputations and their families,
providing education, emotional support, financial assistance for prosthetics
and the winning motto: "It's what's left that counts!"
Bloorview's Circle of Honour awards are presented annually to individuals
and organizations that actively create a better world for children and youth
with disabilities and their families.
"Chadderton's contributions in the areas of amputation and rehabilitation
truly deserve to be honoured," said Sheila Jarvis, president and CEO of
Bloorview Kids Rehab.
Matching Mothers, a component of the CHAMP Program, offers emotional
support to new parents of children with amputations or missing limbs by
introducing them to an experienced CHAMP family.
Toronto resident Susan Marshall, mother to Claire Johnson, an
11-month-old who was born with an underdeveloped hand, has taken advantage of
Matching Mothers. Marshall connects via e-mail and phone with Gillian
Sutherland whose daughter Megan Strysio, 11, was born with the exact same
"The Matching Mothers program is brilliant - advice is so much more
meaningful coming from someone who has walked in your shoes," says Marshall.
Sutherland, who lives in Unionville, Ontario, openly shares issues that
arise in her daughter's life and how she has addressed them. "Hearing about
Megan's experiences starting school and dealing with other children has helped
me realize how well children can adapt," says Marshall.
Bloorview's Circle of Honour Awards are given for outstanding
achievements in the areas of advocacy, education, philanthropy, research and
service related to children's rehabilitation and complex-continuing care.
To read more about this year's recipients, visit www.bloorview.ca.
Bloorview Kids Rehab is Canada's largest pediatric rehabilitation and
complex continuing care teaching hospital, fully affiliated with the
University of Toronto.
For further information:
For further information: MEDIA CONTACT: Andrea Concil, Bloorview Kids
Rehab, (416) 425-6220 ext. 3706, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org