Stony Mountain Amputee's story inspires kids at War Amps Winnipeg seminar

WINNIPEG, Aug. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Having lost part of his left leg in a lawnmower accident at the age of five, Tom Rinn of Stony Mountain remembers well the challenges of growing up as an amputee.

Today at 1 p.m. in the West Ballroom of the Fairmont Winnipeg Hotel (2 Lombard Place), he will tell child amputees attending The War Amps 2010 Western Child Amputee (CHAMP) Seminar his inspiring story.

Tom enrolled in CHAMP shortly after his accident. He attended many CHAMP seminars and was a Safety Ambassador with The War Amps PLAYSAFE float in Morden's Corn & Apple Festival parade. He will describe with candour and humour life as an amputee and how he overcame the bumps in the road to be the success he is today. A University of Manitoba graduate, Tom, now 28, is married with a young daughter, works as a financial planner and has won numerous world championships as part of Team Canada in standing amputee ice hockey. His talk today is in keeping with the seminar's theme - Growing Up With CHAMP. This year marks the Program's 35th anniversary.

Media are also welcome to attend the following sessions today:

9 a.m. - "PLAYSAFE" (York Room), "Teen Issues" (West Ballroom),
"Play & Learn" (Harrow)
10:15 a.m. - "Infant/Toddler Prosthetics" (Harrow)
1 p.m. - "Tom Rinn: Growing Up With CHAMP" (West Ballroom)
1:30 p.m. - "Amputees in Action!": Champs Demonstrate Recreational Limbs
& Devices (West Ballroom)
2:45 p.m. - New Developments in Artificial Limbs (West Ballroom)


For further information: For further information:

Danita Chisholm, Director of Communications,
1 (613) 797-1654 or 1 877 60MEDIA

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