War Amps has benefitted Elkford family in many ways
What began as an association to assist war amputee veterans returning from the First World War, The War Amps, marking its 100th anniversary with a year-long celebration, has expanded its programs over the years to support all amputees, including Cooper Bauer, seven, of Elkford.
Cooper was born a partial left hand 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 an amputee child.
“The War Amps has helped our family in so many ways. Cooper has been fitted with devices that allow him to hockey, baseball and swim. He has also met other kids just like him at the seminars,” said mom, Rebecca. “We are so grateful to be part of this organization which has been helping amputees across the country over the last century.”
Executive Director of the CHAMP Program, Danita Chisholm says, “Although The War Amps has provided 100 years of innovative programs, there is still much to do to ensure amputees like Cooper 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: Cooper is wearing his device to hold a baseball bat which was funded thanks to public support of The War Amps. Photo submitted