Being an amputee is not a barrier to living a full and active life. With the help of artificial limbs and special devices, amputees like Leelan Brayford, 6, of Clive, can take part in their favourite activities.

Leelan was born a right arm amputee, and as a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, is eligible for financial assistance for artificial limbs and recreational devices. He also attends regional CHAMP seminars where “Champs” and their parents learn about the latest in artificial limbs, dealing with teasing and bullying, and parenting a child amputee.

Leelan enjoys playing hockey and was fitted with a device to help him hold on to the stick. “We are so appreciative of the support The War Amps is providing,” says Leelan’s mom, Jeanna. “The support means that Leelan can play hockey and take part in activities just like any other child.”

The Association encourages Champs to develop a positive attitude towards their amputation and try whatever activity they set their mind to. “Leelan’s determination and zest for life is an inspiration to all,” said Danita Chisholm, Executive Director, CHAMP Program. “Thanks to the public’s support of The War Amps Key Tag Service, we are able to help young amputees like Leelan reach their goals.”

The War Amps receives no government grants; its programs are made possible through public support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service.

**With information provided by The War Amps