Media invitation - The War Amps child amputee (CHAMP) Seminar


    QUEBEC CITY, Oct. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Starting today, approximately 100
child amputees from across Quebec will gather to attend The War Amps 2008
CHAMP Seminar for information, counselling and a forum to share advice and
concerns. The media are invited to come meet the Champs, their families and
The War Amps staff.

              When?    October 24-26, 2008

              Where?   Hôtel Plaza Québec
                       3031, boulevard Laurier
                       Quebec, Quebec
                       Tel.: 418 658-2727

    Being amputees from birth isn't stopping Abygaelle Lorentz, 9, and
Cynthia Hamel-Gamache, 15, of Quebec City from joining their friends in the
swimming pool with the help of artificial limbs and devices provided by The
War Amps.
    Today (Friday, October 24) at 10:30 am, during a session called
Disability vs Dreams... Dreams Win Everytime!, which is the opening event of
the CHAMP Seminar, Abygaelle and Cynthia will demonstrate their waterproof
swimming legs. Fellow Champs Emma Bouchard, 13, of St-Fulgence, a left arm
amputee, and Marie-Hélène Doyle, 16, of Havre-St-Pierre, a left foot amputee,
will join them in the swimming pool.
    Other Champs will also take part. Stéphanie Genest, 13, of Quebec City, a
right leg amputee, will show her recreational limb and Gabriel Sigman, 14, of
Ste-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, a left hand amputee, will show his hockey
and weightlifting devices. Also, Mélodie Poliquin, 4, of Quebec City, will
show her bike adaptation.
    Several other sessions will be held throughout the seminar dealing with
the latest developments in artificial limbs, body image and the importance of
amputees staying active. CHAMP Graduate Esther Lacombe of Montmagny will also
share her many positive experiences and explain how she has overcome her
amputation to enjoy life to the fullest.

    The War Amps holds seminars to provide Champs and their families with
valuable information, personal encouragement, and the opportunity to meet
other amputee youngsters. According to CHAMP Director Louis Bourassa, seminars
are part of the Winner's Circle philosophy, which encourages Champs to take a
positive approach in all their activities and endeavours. They learn, "It's
what's left that counts!".

For further information:

For further information: Maxime Pelletier, Cellphone: (514) 943-0988

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