WATERLOO, ON, June 1 /CNW Telbec/ -When ten-year-old Meaghan Sheppard of
Waterloo wanted to ride a bicycle, she didn't let the fact that she was born a
quadruple amputee stand in the way. With the help of a specially-designed bike
provided by The War Amps, she has achieved her dream of bicycling with her
Haley Bartlett, 13, of Cambridge, lost her right leg to cancer four years
ago, but continues to enjoy swimming with her waterproof swim leg.
Meaghan and Haley will demonstrate these devices in Waterloo today
(Friday June 1st) at 10:30 a.m. in the Rosedale Room of The Waterloo Inn on
the opening day of The War Amps 2007 Ontario Child Amputee (CHAMP) Seminar. In
a session called "Disability vs. Dreams - Dreams Win Every Time!," they and
other young Ontario amputees will describe the challenges they have overcome
to reach their dreams.
This will include: Kyle Barber 15, of Stirling (devices for hockey and
golf); Stephanie Fluke, 14, of Thessalon (hockey, basketball and volleyball);
Jessica Oughton, 18, of Belwood (guitar and horseback riding) and Tim Inglis,
19, of Ottawa (bike device and snowboarding leg).
Held June 1st to 3rd, the Seminar will bring child amputees together from
across Ontario 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: Danita Chisholm, (613) 797-1654 from May 31st
to June 3rd. Before or after, call 1-877-60MEDIA; Media are welcome to attend