Young B.C. amputees learn to reach dreams at War Amps Vancouver Seminar

    VANCOUVER, March 23 /CNW Telbec/ - When Blaike Holding of Chilliwack
became a quadruple amputee due to medical reasons, she was determined not to
let it prevent her from enjoying her favourite recreational activities. Today
at 18, she runs with specially-designed lightweight artificial legs.
    Sara La Belle, 9, of Vancouver, has a similar attitude. A right leg
amputee, also due to medical reasons, she swims with the use of a swim fin
    Both will show these devices today (Friday March 23rd) at 10:30 a.m. in
the Cypress 1 Room of Vancouver's Westin Bayshore Hotel on the opening day of
The War Amps 2007 B.C. Child Amputee (CHAMP) Seminar. In a session called
Disability vs. Dreams - Dreams Win Every Time!, they and other young B.C.
amputees will describe the challenges they have overcome to reach their
    This will include: Cody Smith, 16, of Duncan, with biking, golf,
basketball and weightlifting devices; Mollie Milavsky-Jepsen, 7, of West
Vancouver, with a ski pole device and Mark Robertson, 7, of North Vancouver,
with violin and hockey devices.
    Held March 23-25, the Seminar will bring child amputees together from
across B.C. to see the latest in artificial limbs, attend counselling sessions
and share concerns.

    CHAMP, founded by War Amps CEO Cliff Chadderton, utilizes the Winner's
Circle philosophy to change the lives of child amputees through artificial
limbs, counselling, regional 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

For further information:

For further information: Please contact: Danita Chisholm, cell.: (613)
797-1654, (604) 682-3377 (Westin) from March 22 to 25th. Before or after,
1-877-60MEDIA; Media are welcome to attend the session

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