Cranbrook Champ reflects on War Amps’ 100th anniversary
The War Amps 100th anniversary year-long celebration is coming to a close.
What began as an Association to assist war amputee veterans returning from the First World War, has expanded its programs over the years to support all amputees, including Nicole Byford, 20, of Cranbrook.
Nicole was born a partial left hand amputee and grew up with The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, which provides financial assistance for the cost of artificial limbs and recreational devices. She also attended regional CHAMP seminars where ‘Champs’ and their parents learn about the latest in artificial limbs, dealing with teasing and bullying and parenting an amputee child.
“The War Amps has been a constant source of support in my life. I’ve been fitted with different devices that allow me to keep active and I’ve met friends for life through the seminars,” said Nicole. “I’m so proud to be part of this 100-year legacy and all that it has accomplished.”
Executive Director of the CHAMP Program, Danita Chisholm says, “Although the Association has developed many innovative and unique programs over the past 100 years, there is still much to do to ensure amputees like Nicole have the artificial limbs they need to lead full and active lives. With the public’s support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service, our vital programs for amputees will carry on long into the future.”
The War Amps receives no government grants and its programs are possible through public support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service.
Above photo: Nicole at a War Amps CHAMP Seminar in 2006 (left) and today (right). Photo submitted